Trump Vows to Testify in New York Criminal Trial

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Trump Vows to Testify in New York Criminal Trial

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Former President Donald Trump told reporters Friday he would “absolutely” testify in his upcoming hush money trial that is set to begin on Monday.

“Yeah, I would testify, absolutely,” he said.

Trump, who is charged with 34 counts of first-degree falsifying business records, repeatedly called the trial a “scam” during his press conference at Mar-a-Lago.

Jury selection in the trial, which is expected to last six to eight weeks, begins Monday.

“I’m testifying. I tell the truth, I mean, all I can do is tell the truth. And the truth is that there is no case,” Trump said.

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks as Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., listens during a news conference, on April 12, 2024, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla.Wilfredo Lee / AP

Trump is not required to testify in his own criminal trial. If he chooses to do so, he would be subject to cross-examination by the prosecution, when he could be quizzed in a myriad of topics while under oath — including the nature of his relationship with porn star Stormy Daniels.

During the damages trial in the E. Jean Carroll civil case, Trump opted to take the stand, but the judge in that case greatly limited what he was permitted to say.

On Friday, the judge in the case denied Trump’s bid to delay the trial on the grounds of too much pretrial publicity.

Trump is the first former president to stand trial in a criminal case. He is required to be in court every day the court is in session to participate in his defense, which will significantly restrict the amount of time he can spend campaigning for president.

Trump held his press conference Friday with House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., where they announced their support for legislation that would prevent non-citizens from voting — a practice that is already illegal, and incredibly rare.

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