In the early goings of the Trump fraud case in New York, the former president had taken the stand to testify.
Trump was scheduled to testify again on December 11 as a Defense witness, however, plans changed.
With the gag order still being in effect against Trump, his attorneys have advised him not to testify.
Trump was already put on the stand by Attorney General Letitia James’ legal team, to mixed reviews.
When Trump testified, he did so as though it was live TV and he was playing to a jury, with Judge Engoron blasting him numerous times while he was on the stand.
Engoron has seemingly already made up his mind, and with the gag order still in play, Trump’s attorneys clearly did not want Trump to dig himself a deeper hole.
Attorney Alina Habba explained,“He still wants to take the stand even though my advice is at this point you should never take the stand with a gag order. But he is so firmly against what is happening in this court.”
Attorney Chris Kise added, “There is really nothing more to say to a Judge who has imposed an unconstitutional gag order and thus far appears to have ignored President Trump’s testimony and that of everyone else involved in the complex financial transactions at issue in the case.”
After the Defense informed the court that Trump would not be testifying, James responded, “Donald Trump already testified in our financial fraud case against him.
“Whether or not Trump testified again tomorrow, we have already proven that he committed years of financial fraud and unjustly enriched himself and his family. No matter how much he tries to distract from reality, the facts don’t lie.”
I agree with Trump’s attorneys, as his testimony would probably only draw more ire from the court and it surely would not change the mind of Engoron, who appeared to have made his decision long before they ever stepped into the court.
Save it for the appeal, where I believe Trump has his best chance of winning this case.