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Trump’s bombastic personality determined his civil suit. In criminal court, lawyers close to Trump say this could be his downfall.

Republican presidential candidate and former US President Donald Trump dances off stage at the end of a campaign rally.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

  • Donald Trump’s antics defined his civil lawsuits, including the recent fraud trial in New York.

  • However, Trump will soon fend off 91 charges in four criminal cases.

  • His lawyers will have to rein him in, according to former lawyers for Trump and the Trump White House.

Storming out during closing arguments. Answering questions during his deposition with sassy answers. Violating gag orders.

It’s hard to forget the antics of a fed-up Donald Trump, angry about the “witch hunt” he claimed he faced during the proceedings of his recent civil trials.

In a case involving writer E. Jean Caroll, Trump was found liable for sexually assaulting Carroll in the mid-1990s and for defaming her by denying it. In two separate cases, a jury awarded Caroll a total of $88.3 million in damages. He denied any wrongdoing.

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Trump was also fined $454 million in his fraud trial in New York. He has denied any wrongdoing.

But Trump’s former lawyers told The New York Times that his usual stance will not hold in a criminal trial — or, in Trump’s case, in his four criminal cases.

“I would expect Trump to take action,” former White House lawyer Ty Cobb, who worked under Trump, told the Times. “He needs to be aggressively muzzled by the lawyers if he is to avoid offending the jury.”

Trump faces a total of 91 charges in four criminal cases: the Stormy Daniels hush money case, the classified documents case, the January 6 Capitol insurrection case and the Georgia fake voters case. He has pleaded not guilty in all four cases.

The hush money trial is fast approaching, in which Trump is accused of directing his former lawyer Michael Cohen to make a $130,000 payment to Daniels, a porn star who said she had an affair with the former president. Jury selection for the Manhattan trial begins March 25.

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Trump “and his legal team will continue to fight the Democratic-led witch hunts in the courts and at the ballot box,” Steven Cheung, a spokesman for Trump, told the Times.

For every fourteen lawyers who have represented the former president or were close to him, many of whom spoke anonymously to the Times, Trump is at risk of delaying the jury in a deep blue city.

He and his criminal defense attorneys, Susan R. Necheles and Todd Blanche, must also avoid irritating the judge.

However, it appears they have already managed to do the opposite during a hearing in February to set a date for the hush money trial. Judge Juan Merchan, who oversaw the case, urged lawyers to stop citing Trump’s plan as a reason to delay the trial. Blanche did it anyway.

“Stop interrupting me,” Merchan said as Blanche continued to discuss Trump’s busy schedule.

Trump representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent by Business Insider outside regular business hours.

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