Trump can’t deliver closing arguments in civil fraud trial: Judge

The judge presiding over Donald Trump‘s civil fraud trial told his attorney Wednesday that the former president “will not” be delivering closing arguments, saying he has not heard from counsel after “the third extended deadline.”

“Not having heard from you by the third extended deadline (noon today), I assume that Mr. Trump will not agree to the reasonable, lawful limits I have imposed as a precondition to giving a closing statement above and beyond those given by his attorneys, and that, therefore, he will not be speaking in court tomorrow,” Judge Arthur Engoron wrote in a letter to Trump attorney Chris Kise, according to court records.

Engoron’s letter comes after Trump indicated this week he would deliver closing arguments on Thursday in the civil fraud trial against his New York business empire, the Trump Organization.

The judge issued a pretrial ruling against Trump in September, finding his
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