Donald Trump declines to testify as ‘hush cash’ trial enters finish stage

Unlock the US Election Countdown publication for freeThe tales that matter on cash and politics within the race for the White HouseDonald Trump’s defence rested within the Manhattan “hush cash” case on Tuesday with out him taking the stand because the historic first prison trial of a former US president entered its closing stage.The choice — an obvious climbdown by Trump, who had repeatedly vowed that he would testify to clear his identify — got here on the finish of greater than 4 weeks of proof from prosecutors, throughout which they known as 20 witnesses together with Stormy Daniels, the porn actor allegedly paid off by Trump in alternate for her silence over a claimed sexual encounter. Former Trump fixer Michael Cohen, who organised and facilitated the funds within the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, additionally testified for a number of days. Trump’s defence staff, which had sought to undermine Cohen’s credibility throughout cross-examination, rested its case after calling simply two witnesses: a paralegal working with defence counsel, and Robert Costello, a former authorized adviser to Cohen and a Trump ally.Closing arguments are set to start subsequent week, after which the jury will start its deliberations. Trump faces 34 fees of falsifying enterprise information. It is a growing story

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