Former NY prosecutor on Trump hush money trial: ‘He’s going to have to sit there’

Former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Katherine Christian said she will closely monitor former President Trump’s actions in his first criminal trial, scheduled for Monday.

Christian noted that unlike in previous civil trials, Trump will have to “sit there” and hear things he doesn’t want to hear.

“I’m going to be watching Donald Trump’s actions closely.” Christian said Saturday on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press Now.” “Unlike in the civil case of E. Jean Carroll, who got up and walked out of court because he didn’t like what he was hearing, you can’t do that in a criminal trial. No one can do that.”

“No prosecutors, no defense lawyers, no Donald Trump, no one,” she continued. “He’ll have to sit there. He’ll only be able to leave when there’s a break.”

Despite his attempts to delay the case beyond the November election, Trump’s hush money trial is scheduled to begin with jury selection on Monday. The highly publicized case is likely to garner attention in court as the first criminal trial of a former president.

Two key witnesses are expected to appear in the case: adult film star Stormy Daniels and President Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen. The lawsuit alleges the former president illegally falsified business records to reimburse Cohen for paying Daniels to cover up an alleged affair before the 2016 presidential election.

Even after receiving the gag order, President Trump continued to lash out at Judge Juan Machan, his daughter, and others involved in the case. Christian wondered on the air if President Trump was upset, “would he be able to remember” the order during the trial?

“Can he refrain from that? Can he refrain from making statements about potential witnesses? Can he refrain from making statements about potential witnesses? [District Attorney’s] staff? ” she asked.

“He’s probably going to hear things that are frustrating, and…at lunchtime and at the end of the day, there’s going to be a camera and a microphone in front of him,” Christian said.

The former president was asked about the impending trial Friday during a joint news conference with House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) at the Mar-a-Lago resort. Trump, who is considered a likely Republican candidate for the White House, said juror selection was “mostly luck” and said he would “absolutely” testify if asked.

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