Defense rests in Trump court case

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Former President Trump will not take the stand in his own defense during his New York criminal trial, after his attorneys rested their case Tuesday, shortly after prosecutors did the same the day before.

“We’ll be resting pretty quickly — resting meaning resting the case. I won’t be resting,” Trump said outside the courtroom Tuesday morning. “I don’t rest. I’d like to rest sometimes, but I don’t get to rest.”

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The defense resting triggers the final stages of the historic trial. The judge has scheduled closing statements for next Tuesday, with deliberations set to begin afterward.

The decision to keep Trump off the stand comes after weeks of uncertainty, with Trump sometimes telling reporters he could testify — a move legal experts warned could be risky in the former president’s first criminal trial — and other times ignoring persistent questions on the matter.

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