Even the greeting was tense.

“Good morning, Ms. Carroll,” Joseph Tacopina, the lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump, stated to E. Jean Carroll on Thursday as he ready to cross-examine her.

Ms. Carroll merely stared at him. He repeated himself.

“Good morning,” Ms. Carroll lastly replied.

“There you go,” Mr. Tacopina responded.

Thus started practically two days of questioning through the trial in Manhattan federal court docket of Ms. Carroll’s civil swimsuit, which accuses Mr. Trump of raping…

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