Trump No Longer Plans to Testify in NY Civil Trial
Former President Donald Trump wrote on Sunday that he no longer planned to testify on Monday in a New York civil trial against his organization.
Trump published the comments on his Truth Social account in an abrupt change to his previous plans.
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"Trump had been expected to return to court Monday to testify in an effort to bolster his defense against allegations he fraudulently inflated the value of his properties, after he was questioned by the New York attorney general’s office last month," CNN reported.
"But the former president wrote in a lengthy message on Truth Social that he 'WILL NOT BE TESTIFYING ON MONDAY,' while continuing to attack the attorney general’s case against him and the judge overseeing it," it added.
Trump announced the news on Truth Social, writing in all caps, “I WILL NOT BE TESTIFYING ON MONDAY.”https://t.co/7M2RVlzmBd
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"The former president was in court again on Thursday as the defense called its final expert, a New York University accounting professor, Eli Bartov, to the stand," CBS News reported.
"He emerged from the courtroom calling President Joe Biden a joke and New York State Attorney Letitia James, who is suing him, 'crooked.' He denied any wrongdoing and called James' actions 'disgraceful,'" it continued.
The trial, which has been ongoing since early October, included testimony from the former president on Nov. 6.
His adult children have also taken the stand in the case to provide additional testimony as required by the judge.
The case seeks up to $250 million in damages against Trump's organization, and could potentially shut down its business in New York.
Trump faces the legal challenge as he also campaigns in the GOP presidential primary, making for a high-stakes drama of both campaigning and attending courtroom sessions in his current case.