Jan 17, 2018 - Politics & Policy

What happens when Trump testifies

Donald Trump.

Donald Trump, as president of the Trump Organization, testifies in 2005 before the Federal Financial Management, Government Information, and International Security Subcommittee. Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

AP "reviewed hundreds of pages of depositions taken of Trump in the past decade":

  • "The transcripts reveal a witness who is by turns voluble, giving expansive answers far beyond the questions asked; boastful, using unrelated queries to expound on his wealth or popularity; unapologetic, swift to defend incendiary comments or criticized actions; and occasionally combative, once deriding a lawyer for 'very stupid' questions."
  • Why it matters: "The garrulous style belies the 'just the facts, ma’am' approach many defense lawyers advocate."
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