Trump Insists he Will ‘Absolutely’ Testify at His Criminal Trials – Former President Donald Trump intends to take the stand in his own defense during his upcoming trials next year, where he is confronted with a cumulative 91 charges spread across four criminal cases, all while pursuing re-election to the White House.
If he’s convicted on all charges, the 2024 Republican frontrunner faces a mind-boggling 712 years and six months behind bars. “Oh, yes, absolutely,” Trump said Wednesday in an interview on The Hugh Hewitt Show. “I look forward, I look forward to testifying. At trial, I’ll testify,” he insisted. However, the ex-commander-in-chief, who attacked special counsel Jack Smith as “deranged,” told Hewitt that he wouldn’t preview all of what he’s prepared to tell jurors.
“If you do and they ask you on the stand, did you order anyone to move boxes, how will you answer?” the talk show host asked. “I’m not answering that question for you, but I’m totally covered under the law,” Trump responded. “If you read the Presidential Records Act, just read it. You take a look at it. I’m totally covered under the law. It’s a civil act. It’s civil. Now Biden had no civil act,” he continued.
“The things he did are criminal. But he doesn’t have a deranged person on his case. You know, they gave me deranged Jack Smith. He’s got a man who’s a normal person. What can I tell you?” The embattled former president also slammed President Biden, 80, as unfit to lead the country. “His body is shot, and his mind is worse,” Trump said. “And yet, he seems to want to do it. And I hope he does it. But he seems to want to do it.”
“But you take a look at him, and he’s not running the government. People that are surrounding him, who are very smart fascists and communists, those are the people running our country.” Despite his legal troubles, Trump and Biden are running neck-and-neck in 2024 polling. Trump’s first scheduled trial is set for March 4, 2024, in Washington, DC, coinciding with the crucial “Super Tuesday” presidential primaries, which could determine the nominees.
Trump’s second criminal trial is slated to commence on March 25, 2024, in New York City, specifically in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s unique case involving business records and alleged hush money payments. His third trial, centered on alleged mishandling of classified records, is set to start on May 20, 2024, in Miami.
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However, the schedule for his fourth trial in Atlanta, related to state charges concerning his attempt to overturn his narrow loss to Biden in Georgia, remains uncertain. Nevertheless, one of his 18 codefendants, Ken Chesebro, will face trial on October 23, 2023, serving as an early test for prosecutors.