Will Trump’s Testimony in Fraud Trial Be on TV? – US 247 News


People wishing to watch Donald J. Trump testify in his civil fraud trial on Monday will be largely out of luck.

Recordings of court proceedings in New York are typically prohibited, and no exception has been made for Mr. Trump.

So those wishing to see Mr. Trump on the stand had to attend the trial in person. On Monday morning, a long line of interested citizens had formed to the left of the courthouse’s steps. They bundled up to fend off the cold, and some brought their own folding chairs.

Their efforts paid off, as many of them were seated in the courtroom as the day’s proceedings began. Court officers patrolled the aisles, with Secret Service and other security seated on both sides of the courtroom.

New York is one of the most restrictive states when it comes to allowing cameras inside courtrooms. Broadcast cameras have been banned in most courtrooms since the 1930s, according to a report by the Fund for Modern Courts.

On days of the trial that have featured notable witnesses, the judge, Arthur F. Engoron, has allowed still photographers to shoot the defense table head on, affording views of Mr. Trump, his children and their lawyers, with attendees seated behind them.

Jonah E. Bromwich contributed reporting.