Kaplan will represent three clients, of which one will be writer E Jean Carroll, who accused the President of raping her.
Trigger warning: Sexual assault
Donald Trump is no stranger to lawsuits but he could be at the wrong end of a couple of them once his Presidency is over. Roberta Kaplan, an attorney who was instrumental in getting the government to recognize same-sex marriage, is preparing three lawsuits against the President once his term is over. The federal prosecutor will be representing President Trump's niece Mary Trump and author E Jean Carroll in three lawsuits against the President over alleged defamation and fraud. E Jean Carroll had accused Trump of raping her in the dressing room of a department store more than two decades ago but the President denied the allegations and said the writer was "totally lying." Mary Trump has accused her uncle and two of his siblings of swindling her family of millions worth of inheritance.
Kaplan's third client will be people who took part in ACN, a marketing company promoted on The Celebrity Apprentice. The Washington Post reported that Trump and his three oldest children were being sued for making the company appear as a promising opportunity. "Because of his prominence, he marketed his ability to convince unsophisticated, very poor Americans to invest," said Kaplan.
Trump's troubles won't stop at lawsuits brought forth by Kaplan's clients. He is already facing a civil investigation from New York Attorney General Letitia James and a criminal investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Most importantly, Trump could be investigated for his role in the Capitol riots. Acting US Attorney Michael R. Sherwin confirmed Trump's role in the riots will be looked into. “Yes, we are looking at all actors here, not only the people that went into the building, but . . . were there others that may be assisted or facilitated or played some ancillary role in this. We will look at every actor and all criminal charges,” said Sherwin, reported The Hill.
Last year, Carroll's lawyers served Trump a notice asking his attorney to provide a sample of his DNA for “analysis and comparison against unidentified male DNA present on the dress,” according to The Huffington Post. Carroll accused Trump of defaming her and jeopardizing her career as an Elle magazine advice columnist after he called her a liar. "I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” said Trump as he dismissed the claims, reported NBC News.
E. Jean Carroll, who has accused Donald Trump of sexual assault is now asking for a DNA sample to match against male DNA on a dress she was wearing during the alleged assault. She kept the dress... pic.twitter.com/oNDRYLnCvw— Sunny Hostin (@sunny) January 30, 2020
Carroll's lawyer Roberta Kaplan had the dress Carroll wore, a black wool coat-style dress, tested in the lab. The report said that DNA found on the dress was a mix of at least four people, with one of them being that of a male, which Kaplan believes to be that of Donald Trump. “Unidentified male DNA on the dress could prove that Donald Trump not only knows who I am, but also that he violently assaulted me in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman and then defamed me by lying about it and impugning my character,” said Carroll, reported CBS News. The writer's lawyer said it was "standard operating procedure" to request a DNA sample of the accused in cases of sexual assault. “As a result, we’ve requested a simple saliva sample from Mr. Trump to test his DNA, and there really is no valid basis for him to object,” said Kaplan at the time.
Roberta Kaplan argued before the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of LGBT rights activist Edith Windsor, in the United States v. Windsor, a landmark decision that invalidated a section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and required the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages. She also co-founded the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund and Carroll believes Kaplan will take down Donald Trump. "I actually feel a tiny tiny tiny bit sorry for Trump. Robbie Kaplan is Trump's nightmare. His horror. His downfall," she tweeted.