Trump attending rape defamation trial would ‘burden’ NYC and court: Lawyers

Donald Trump‘s legal counsel said the former president “wishes” he could appear at next week’s civil trial where a court will hear sexual assault and defamation claims against him, but that attending the trial would create a “burden” on New York City and the court complex.

“Although Defendant

Trump wishes to appear at trial,” Tacopina wrote, the attorney cited concerns such as “his movement would need to be coordinated preliminarily by a Secret Service advance team hours beforehand each day that he is present, so that a tactical plan may be developed.”

Tacopina’s statement makes clear that if Trump were called to testify, he would show up in person. If he is not called, his team asks the judge to tell jurors he is not required to be there and that he wouldn’t be there for logistical reasons.

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