Former President Donald Trump will no longer be returning to the witness stand in his civil fraud trial in New York. While he was expected to testify in the case on Monday, he announced on Sunday afternoon that he “will not be testifying on Monday.”
According to a series of posts the GOP presidential candidate shared on Truth Social, he has already testified “very successfully and conclusively” in the case in which he is accused of fraudulently overvaluing his net worth and properties to get loans from banks.
“I have already testified to everything & have nothing more to say other than this is a complete & total election interference (Biden campaign!) witch hunt,” he said in another post.
Trump says he won't testify again at his New York fraud trial. He says he has nothing more to say https://t.co/GhQ9yTeKee
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 10, 2023
Trump’s posts also repeated his stance that the trial is a political witch hunt.
A part of his statement read, “World renowned experts, highly respected bank & insurance executives, real estate professionals, as well as others, both honest & credible, have stated, clearly & unequivocally, that I, & my very successful company, did nothing wrong!.. The only fraud committed was by the highly partisan & out of control judge, & racist A.G. (who promised that, ‘I will get Trump.’”
Trump attorney Chris Kise backed his client in a statement, pointing out that they have already produced witnesses that have proven that he is not guilty of any fraud or loan default.
“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,” he stated, adding that “there is no valid reason for President Trump to testify further in this case.”
In reaction to his decision to not testify anymore, New York Attorney General Letticia James, who brought the charges against him, suggested that it won’t have much bearing on the case.
“Whether or not Trump testifies 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,” she stated.
Trump was reportedly meant to give his testimony as one of the final defense witnesses in the two-months long trial. He would have defended his company’s success in pushback of the accusations made by James.
Now, the trial will not resume till Tuesday, according to the Office of Court Administration, the administrative arm of the New York State Unified Court System.
Trump had already taken the stand to defend himself on Nov. 6 when he was called by prosecutors. During his testimony, he made sure to express his feelings about James, who he called a “political hack” who “should be ashamed of herself.”
He also went after judge Arthur Engoron, calling him “a very hostile judge.”
“He ruled against me, and he said I was a fraud before he knew anything about me, nothing about me…It’s a terrible thing you did,” he said.