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Donald Trump claims he will testify in a hush money trial. We’ve heard that before.

  • Donald Trump said Friday that he plans to testify in his hush money trial, which begins Monday.

  • Trump has previously withdrawn from testifying in his civil fraud trial.

  • The former president could expose himself to risky cross-examination if he testifies.

Former President Donald Trump said Friday that he will “absolutely” testify in his upcoming hush money trial in Manhattan, which will begin with jury selection Monday morning.

But Trump has not always kept his testimonial promises.

The first of four ongoing trials against Trump is set to begin next week in Manhattan state court, where the former president faces allegations that he falsified 34 corporate records to cover up a $130,000 hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, days before the 2016 elections.

At a news conference Friday at Mar-a-Lago, Trump told reporters he plans to testify in the trial, which he called a “scam” and a “witch hunt.”

“I testify. I tell the truth. All I can do is tell the truth, and the truth is they don’t have a case,” he said.

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However, Trump’s promise to testify by no means guarantees that he will actually take his stand. People familiar with his plans told The New York Times that Trump will likely wait to decide whether to testify until he sees how strong the case is that prosecutor Alvin Bragg presents. The former president will also likely make a decision based on whether the judge allows prosecutors to question him on the stand, the outlet reported.

During his fraud trial in New York civil court in December, Trump canceled his testimony just one day before he was due to take the stand in the case for a second time — an abrupt turn from his lawyers’ earlier insistence that Trump would testify.

The judge in that case ultimately found Trump liable for trying to inflate his wealth and ordered him to pay nearly $355 million plus interest.

Trump will not have to testify in the hush money case and cross-examination could open him up to questions about several aspects of the case, including the nature of his relationship with Daniels. If Trump is found guilty, he could face probation or prison time.

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He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and said he never had a sexual relationship with Daniels.

A Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

Earlier this year, Trump testified in the defamation lawsuit brought against him by columnist E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of sexually assaulting her. The judge in that case significantly limited what Trump could say on the stand and later ordered him to pay her $83.3 million.

Trump ran out of options this week after trying several times to delay the start of the hush money trial. Three appeals judges in Manhattan denied three different requests for emergency delays on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Jury selection — which Trump called “mostly luck” during his Friday news conference — will begin early Monday.

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