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Among the glittering chandeliers and wooden benches of a stately and solemn New York City courtroom, Donald Trump took the stand Monday, raising his right hand and swearing his testimony would be truthful.

For four hours, only interrupted by a lunch break, the former president and current 2024 Republican front-runner sparred with prosecutors in the civil case threatening his real estate empire, at times erupting in anger amid the staid surroundings.

As he sat with his arms crossed and head slightly cocked, Trump's irritation at the questions from prosecutor Kevin Wallace about his luxurious homes and massive skyscrapers was evident.

He framed everyone as the enemy, from the "very hostile" judge" to the New York Attorney General whose office is leading the case — a "political hack," according to Trump.

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