This is completely self-incrimination.
Former President Donald Trump requested at least the Fifth Amendment 440 times New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office in lower Manhattan on Wednesday to avoid answering questions in her four-hour statement about business deals at her real estate company, according to NBC News.
The former Manhattan mogul said in a statement, “Under the advice of my attorney … I declined to answer questions under the rights and privileges granted to every citizen under the Constitution of the United States.” his right against self-incrimination,
According to one of Trump’s lawyers, the former president voluntarily answered the same question asking him to accept his name.
A spokesman for James confirmed that Trump took fifth place without elaboration.
Trump’s lawyer Ron Fischetti said the grilling included questions about valuations of various Trump Organization properties and golf clubs, mortgages, loans and the size of Trump’s apartments.
Trump has repeatedly denounced political opponents and allies who rank fifth, noting that “posters” and “guilty people” invoke the right to refrain from blaming themselves.
The former president says he changed his mind because he considers the Trump Organization investigation an unfounded “witch hunt.”
Trump said in a statement, “I once asked, ‘If you’re innocent, why are you taking down the Fifth Amendment? “Now I know the answer to that question.”
“When your family, your company and everyone in your class has become the target of a baseless, politically motivated witch hunt backed by lawyers, prosecutors and fake news media, you have no choice,” Trump said.
The civil investigation ordered by James has nothing to do with a search this week by federal agents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate aimed at recovering classified documents.