The judge overseeing Donald Trump’s civil fraud case will not allow the former president to speak during closing arguments in the trial Thursday after Trump refused to say he would stick to the facts of the case and not engage in any attacks.

Trump had asked to deliver part of the arguments himself, said a source with direct knowledge of the situation. But New York state Judge Arthur Engoron denied the request Wednesday after a contentious back-and-forth with Trump’s lawyers about certain conditions he wanted him to meet.

Engoron released an email chain with Trump attorney Chris Kise and New York Attorney Letitia James’ office when he denied the request Wednesday.

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