Defense Rests Without Trump Testimony in Hush Money Trial, Closing Arguments Next Week

Donald Trump’s defense team concluded their case in his New York hush money trial without the former president testifying. The trial, which revolves around accusations of falsifying business records related to payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential election, is now set to move to closing arguments after both sides rested their cases. Trump, who had hinted at possibly testifying, ultimately chose not to, a decision supported by legal analysts who highlighted the potential risks. The case will soon be handed over to the jury for deliberation.

  • Donald Trump’s defense team has rested its case in the hush money trial in New York.
  • The trial concerns accusations of falsifying business records to conceal payments made to Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election.
  • Closing arguments are scheduled for next Tuesday, following a long holiday weekend.
  • Trump opted not to testify, a decision that aligns with legal advice considering the potential for self-incrimination.
  • The defense called two witnesses before resting their case early Tuesday.
  • Donald Trump expressed confidence in his defense team’s case, attended by Republican politicians and his eldest son, Don Jr.
  • Don Jr. defended his father’s decision not to testify, labeling the trial a “scam” and a “farce.”
  • Both legal teams will prepare for the closing arguments during the long weekend.
  • The jury will be instructed not to hold Trump’s decision not to testify against him.
  • The White House condemned a video posted on Trump’s social media, which included a reference to a “unified Reich,” a phrase associated with far-right ideologies. Trump’s campaign stated the video was created and reposted by an external account before being deleted.

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