Little did I know at the time, but returning his call would help ignite a media firestorm that catapulted my wife and law partner Elizabeth Beck into the national spotlight, prompted Donald Trump to emerge from his tower lair to slander her on national television with a series of outrageous fabrications, and ended up impacting the most-watched U.S. presidential primary debate in history.
Elizabeth's breast pump Before leaving for New York, we advised Mr. Trump's legal team of Elizabeth's need for breaks to administer a medical procedure in private.
The entire week of depositions was scheduled to take place at the office of Mr. Trump's law firm, Kramer Levin.
At the conclusion of Tuesday's session, one of Mr. Trump's in-house lawyers, Alan Garten, approached and asked that we move Donald Trump's deposition the next morning to the Trump Tower in place of Kramer Levin.
We wanted to depose Mr. Trump in the formal setting of a law firm, where all the other depositions had taken place, and where our boxes of documents were located.
November 16, 2011: The Deposition of Donald Trump The morning of November 16th started out ordinarily enough.
A Kramer Levin paralegal sent the following email to Elizabeth indicating that Mr. Garten had requested a lunch break for Mr. Trump's deposition.
We Wait Around, and Mr. Trump Goes to Florida And so the deposition of Donald Trump came to an end, at least for that day.
As we sat there, my mind turned to the motion I would likely be drafting to ask the court to compel Mr. Trump to continue the deposition and issue sanctions against him for his misconduct.
Donald Trump is not just a businessman and a reality-TV personality who once lost his cool at a deposition; he is, in 2015, handily leading the race to become the Republican Party's nominee for president.
In his campaign to become our next president, Mr. Trump has projected a tough-guy image predicated on having the courage to say unpleasant truths and refusing to yield to the morally bankrupt forces of "Politics as usual." In this context, the breast-pump incident suggests a massive chink in the suit of armor Mr. Trump is trying to sell to the American public, and perhaps the most direct evidence that his image is just an act.
Mr. Trump Emerges From the Trump Tower With a Response Back at our office fielding calls and trying to stay abreast of the rapidly expanding coverage, we frequently circled back to the CNN website, mainly to see whether and how the Trump camp would respond to Elizabeth's morning interview.
Around 2 p.m., a new item grabbed my eye with the headline: "Donald Trump: Elizabeth Beck is a 'horrible person.'" I clicked on the video.
My wife, he claimed, is not only a "Vicious, horrible person" but "a tough killer in Miami[,] everyone knows she's a killer. They all hate her." As to the incident itself, Mr. Trump started off by claiming he stormed out of the deposition in a furor because Elizabeth not only wanted to breast pump, but breast pump in front of him.
Interestingly, in the New York Times article, Mr. Trump's lawyer had accused Elizabeth of "Seeking to buy time to come up with new questions for Mr. Trump" - a notion which had apparently fallen out of favor by the time CNN came calling.
In any event, none of these tall tales appear in the lengthy colloquy at the end of the written deposition transcript, where the lawyers, including Mr. Trump's own outside counsel, tried to make a record of what had just happened.
Mr. Trump's Lies It could hardly have shocked us that the Trump Organization would concoct three separate, contradictory, but equally ludicrous falsehoods to deflect attention from Mr. Trump's behavior that day.
Elizabeth with Vesper and our dog, Ruby Elizabeth was probably most incensed by the accusation that she had "Made it up." She promptly gathered up documentation to bring with her to "All In" on MSNBC, which afforded her the opportunity to make an impassioned rebuttal ending with a plea for voters to seriously scrutinize Mr. Trump's character.
There were at least three recurrent themes which seem worthy of note based on what they might reveal about the Trump faithful: 1). A deposition is no place for a woman who is breastfeeding; 2). If a lawyer said it, it's a lie; 3). Those lucky enough to cross Donald Trump's path should do their best to do as he says and try to make a good impression on him.