Former President Donald Trump will not be allowed to make his own closing argument in his New York civil business fraud trial. Judge Arthur Engoron rescinded permission for the unusual plan on Wednesday, just a day ahead of closing arguments.
Trump’s lawyers had signaled to the judge last week that the ex-president planned to deliver a summation personally, in addition to arguments from his legal team. However, Judge Engoron set limitations, stating that Trump would have to stick to “relevant” matters and adhere to reasonable, normal limits, including not introducing new evidence or making personal attacks.
The trial, brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, could cost Trump hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties and impact his ability to do business in New York. Trump denies any wrongdoing and has criticized the case as a political attack.