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Trump Vows To Testify In Hush Money Trial: ‘I’ll Tell The Truth’

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Former President Donald Trump told reporters on Thursday he would testify at his hush money trial in Manhattan if called upon to do so, which is slated to begin next week.

“I’m testifying, I’ll tell the truth,” Trump said, according to The Epoch Times. “I always tell the truth, and the truth is they have no case.”

During a previous press conference, President Trump stated his willingness to testify but also indicated his expectation that the trial would be postponed beyond the scheduled April 15 trial date. After three consecutive rejections from the appellate division of the New York Supreme Court to delay the trial pending appeals, the case is scheduled to proceed to trial on Monday, the outlet noted further.

Jury selection is set to commence on April 15. On April 12, the defense raised objections to the judge’s inquiries directed at potential jurors, seeking further exploration of those harboring negative perceptions of the presumptive Republican nominee.

“Jury selection is largely luck. It depends who you get. It’s very unfair that I’m having a trial there [in Manhattan],” Trump said.

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He also condemned New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan, alleging political bias. The defense has made two requests for the judge to recuse himself from the case, but the judge has already refused to step down once.

“It’s very unfair that we have this judge that hates Trump and has this tremendous conflict,” Trump said. “Nobody can believe this judge isn’t recusing himself, the conflict is at a level that nobody’s ever seen before.”

The outlet noted further:

Typically a misdemeanor in New York, the falsifying business records charge is upgraded to a low class felony if it is done to conceal another crime, and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has alleged that President Trump did so to conceal “hush money” payments to influence the 2016 election cycle. Prosecutors claim that President Trump paid his former attorney Michael Cohen, the key witness in the case, $130,000 to hide an alleged affair. Defense attorneys claim payments made to Mr. Cohen were attorney’s fees.

“The whole thing is a disgrace and it’s a disgrace to our nation,” he said.

Trump is facing three other trials as well, though it’s far from clear those cases will be heard before the November election.

In Georgia, he and 14 others face charges in a racketeering case related to their actions in contesting the 2020 elections. Prosecutors have proposed an August trial, expected to last at least four months. President Trump’s legal team contends that holding the trial in the run-up to the presidential elections would constitute blatant election interference.

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In Florida, Trump is facing 40 counts associated with the alleged mishandling of classified documents, with the trial initially scheduled for May 20. However, due to the discovery process revealing more extensive and intricate evidence than anticipated, the judge hinted at potential adjustments to deadlines. Nonetheless, Trump’s codefendants have insisted on a prompt trial. If the case cannot proceed to trial by May 20, it might need to be resolved for them without a trial.

“In Washington, President Trump faces four counts of obstruction and conspiracy for his actions on Jan. 6, 2021, and the case is heading to the Supreme Court on appeal of a pretrial motion to dismiss the case based on presidential immunity,” The Epoch Times noted.

The former president has made similar arguments in some of his other cases. The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments later this month, but a final ruling is not expected until June.

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