NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer says she will not seek to depose ex-President Donald Trump in a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who accused him of rape because she wants to speed the case toward trial. Attorney Roberta Kaplan made the revelation Tuesday in Manhattan federal court during a pretrial hearing. She said a DNA sample from Trump is still being sought in the lawsuit brought on behalf of columnist E. Jean Carroll. Trump attorney Alina Habba said outside court she was surprised by the decision not to seek a deposition. As for a DNA sample, she said nobody has demanded one.
Photo: Columnist E. Jean Carroll leaves federal court Tuesday Feb. 22, 2022, in New York. Carroll, who accused former President Donald Trump of raping her in the mid-1990s and then filed a defamation lawsuit against him, will not seek to depose him prior to trial because it would cause unnecessary delay, but she added that a DNA sample was still being sought. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)