Trump faces new dilemma on whether to take witness stand

Former President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he will testify in his hush money trial in New York, but a decision this week by the case’s presiding judge may have thrown a wrench into those plans.

Judge Juan Merchan ruled on Monday during the trial that prosecutors could ask Trump, if he chooses to take the stand, about the former president’s past legal troubles, including his recent civil fraud trial and certain aspects of his court battles with writer E. Jean Carroll.

Trump, whose presence is required every day during the trial, shook his head at one point as the judge announced the decision, according to a report from the courtroom.

Prosecutors working on behalf of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg are aiming to prove Trump falsified business records by hiding payments
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