Trump said he would not testify in his Manhattan civil fraud trial

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  • Donald Trump will not testify in his civil fraud trial in Manhattan on Monday.
  • Trump told TruthSocial he had “nothing to say” and called the trial a “witch hunt.”
  • Another defense witness will testify on Monday.

Donald Trump announced Sunday that he will not testify, as expected, in his $250 million civil fraud trial in Manhattan on Monday.

However, one more defense witness is expected to testify on Tuesday: New York University professor Eli Bartov, who also took the stand on Thursday and Friday last week. After Bartov, state attorneys said they would call at least two rebuttal witnesses to the stand. Then, both sides will be silent for about three weeks while they prepare written briefs summarizing their arguments.

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It is expected that Justice Arthur Engoron will judge the case in the new year.

New York Attorney General Letitia James asked Engoron to fine Trump at least $250 million and permanently bar him and his two oldest sons from running their businesses in the state for what a judge found to be a decade amount of falsified financial statements.

“Donald Trump has already testified in our financial fraud case against him. Whether or not Trump testifies again tomorrow, we have already proven that he committed years of financial fraud and unjustly enriched himself and to his family. , the facts don’t lie,” James said Sunday.

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Experts previously told Business Insider that testifying a second time could be a risky strategy for Trump, who enjoys “working the crowd” and delivering long monologues. But that won’t fly in a cross-examination, according to Tristan Snell, the lead assistant attorney general in the state’s successful investigation of Trump University.

“On the cross, you can give the witness a statement and ask, ‘Isn’t that right?’ And they can only answer ‘yes, no, or I don’t remember,'” Snell said. “There is very little ability for the witness to deliver a monologue.”

A lawyer for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.