Trump reportedly interviewing new legal firms for E. Jean Carroll appeal

 February 1, 2024

Last week, a jury awarded author E. Jean Carroll her second windfall in defamation damages in her case against former President Donald Trump -- this time to the tune of $83.3 million.

The former president has clearly expressed his anger with the verdict that many believe is wildly unfair, and he stated that he plans an immediate appeal.

According to The Hill, it also appears that Trump will deploy new legal representation in hopes of winning the appeal.

Trump, in a series of Truth Social posts, indicated that he's in the process of interviewing several firms, presumably high-powered firms that specialize in winning appeals.

"Any lawyer who takes a TRUMP CASE is either ‘CRAZY,’ or a TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOT," Trump wrote on Truth Social. "I will make my decision soon!"

The Hill noted:

The former president was represented in the initial trial by attorney Alina Habba, a New Jersey-based lawyer who also represented Trump and his company during his New York civil fraud trial that ended earlier this month.

Early reports suggested that Habba had been removed or kicked off of Trump's legal team, but it was noted that there hasn't been confirmation. The Hill also noted that it's routine for a person or company to hire different lawyers for appeals cases.

Trump, in the same post, wrote, "I am in the process, along with my team, of interviewing various law firms to represent me in an Appeal of one of the most ridiculous and unfair Witch Hunts our Country has ever seen - The defamation Sham presided over by a Clinton appointed, highly partisan, Trump Hating Judge, Lewis Kaplan, who was, together with certain other Radical Left Democrat Judges, one of the most partisan and out of control activists that I have ever appeared before."

The former president added, "He was a 'bully' who demanded two trials, rather than one, denied me Due Process, would not allow me to put forth vital evidence (of which there was much!), and only allowed me to be on the witness stand for minutes, telling my lawyer what to ask, and telling me to only give one word answers, as his wife and friends sat in cordoned off front row seats watching with glee."

"This entire HOAX is a disgrace to our American System of Justice."

Social media users reacted to the news, with many defending Habba and noting that it would be wise of Trump to use a firm that specializes in appeals.

"Alina Habba is not an appeals lawyer. She did an excellent job under difficult circumstances," Roger Stone wrote on X.

Another X user wrote, "Appellate court is a specialty and should be handled by a specialist that does nothing but appeals."

Only time will tell if Trump ultimately gets the victory, as he usually does.