Former President Donald Trump has decided he will not testify as planned on Monday in his New York civil fraud trial. 

Former President Donald Trump has decided he will not testify as planned on Monday in his New York civil fraud trial.

Trump was previously called to testify on Nov. 6 by lawyers for New York Attorney General Letitia James, whose office has accused him, two of his sons and their company of a decade-long fraud scheme designed to benefit themselves by hundreds of millions by getting unusually good terms on loans and insurance. That day, he clashed with the judge, Arthur Engoron, while answering many questions with long, rambling diatribes.

He was expected to be his team’s final witness. The state has indicated it intends to call a pair of witnesses to rebut testimony by real estate and accounting experts called in Trump’s defense.

His attorney, Christopher Kise, said in a statement that the former president had “already testified” and “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.”

“Donald Trump already testified in our financial fraud case against him,” James said on Sunday evening. “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.”

Although his last appearance on the stand was on Nov. 6, Trump returned to the New York courtroom on Dec. 7 as his defense team questioned Eli Bartov, who is expected to be their final expert witness.

A spokesperson for the court told CBS News on Sunday night that proceedings will be adjourned Monday. Bartov is expected to conclude his testimony Tuesday.

After the final witnesses are called, the two sides will have more than three weeks to submit written filings to the judge, before meeting again for closing arguments on Jan. 11. Engoron has indicated his final ruling is likely to be issued weeks later.

In an eleventh-hour reversal, former President Donald Trump announced Sunday he will not go back on the witness stand in the $250 million civil fraud trial against him and his company.

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“I have already testified to everything & have nothing more to say other than this is a complete & total election interference (Biden campaign!) witch hunt,” so “I will not be testifying on Monday,” Trump said in an all-caps, two-part post on his social media platform, Truth Social.

Resumption of the trial had been scheduled for Monday, but the Office of Court Administration, the administrative arm of the New York State Unified Court System, said late Sunday that it would instead resume Tuesday.

Trump had been scheduled to testify as one of the final defense witnesses in a trial that has lasted two months and is entering its final week of testimony.

He had been expected to tout his company’s success and push back on New York Attorney General Letitia James’ claims that he vastly overvalued his properties and his net worth in financial statements that he used to get favorable loans from banks that he otherwise would not have been entitled to.

Called as a witness by James’ team on Nov. 6, a combative Trump made similar claims while also launching attacks on the AG and the judge who will decide the case, Arthur Engoron. He called James a “political hack” who “should be ashamed of herself” and referred to Engoron as a “very hostile judge.” “He ruled against me, and he said I was a fraud before he knew anything about me, nothing about me,” Trump said, referring to the judge’s pretrial finding that Trump and his company had engaged in repeated acts of fraud.

“It’s a terrible thing you did,” Trump told the judge of the order, which he is appealing.

James shrugged off Trump’s change of heart in a statement. “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 said.

Trump was under no obligation to testify, because it’s his own defense case. His son Eric Trump similarly backed out of testifying this past Wednesday, which the elder Trump said in a social media post Tuesday night he’d directed him to do.

Like his father, Eric Trump had testified as a witness in the AG’s case. “Eric has already testified, PERFECTLY,” Trump wrote, “so there is no reason to waste any more of this Crooked Court’s time on having him say the same thing, over and over again, as a witness for the defense.”

Trump used a similar rationale in his Truth Social posts Sunday, writing in all-caps: “I have very successfully & conclusively testified” in the AG’s “rigged trial against me.”

Former President Donald Trump wrote in a social media post on Sunday that he won’t testify in his $250 million civil fraud trial in New York on Monday.

“I will not be testifying on Monday,” Trump wrote in an all-caps, multi-part post on Truth Social.

Trump had previously been expected to return to the witness stand this week to testify in his own defense in the fraud trial brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

“President Trump has already testified,” Trump’s attorney Chris Kise said in a statement on Sunday. “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.”

Trump, along with his two adult sons and co-defendants, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, previously denied any wrongdoing when they were questioned on the witness stand by lawyers for the state. James has accused Trump and his co-defendants of falsely inflating Trump’s assets for financial gain.

Posting on Truth Social, the former president assailed the trial, which threatens his business empire as well as his family’s ability to do business in New York in the future.

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“I have already testified to everything & have nothing more to say other than this is a complete & total election interference (Biden campaign!) witch hunt that will do nothing but keep businesses out of New York,” Trump, who is running for president again in the 2024 elections, wrote in the social media post.

The trial, which has gone on for more than two months, is entering its final week of testimony and is expected to end in January. Trump had been expected to testify in his own defense to push back on James’ claims that he and his co-defendants falsely inflated Trump’s net worth by billions of dollars to secure tax benefits and more favorable terms for bank loans.

Trump returned to court last week after the former president’s gag order in the case was reinstated after being temporarily suspended while Trump’s lawyers challenged it in appeals court. The order bars him from making public statements about the staff of Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron, who is presiding over the ongoing civil fraud trial. Engoron imposed the gag order after the judge’s principal law clerk, Allison Greenfield, had repeatedly become the target of Trump’s public criticism.

Trump is still allowed to publicly criticize both Engoron and James.

Trump’s attorney, Kise, went on to slam James and what he described as a “rabid and unreasonable pursuit of President Trump” in his statement. “There is no valid reason for President Trump to testify further in this case,” Kise said in the statement.

In her own statement, the New York Attorney General responded to Trump’s decision not to take the stand again.

“Donald Trump already testified in our financial fraud case against him,” James said in the statement on Sunday. “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.”