In the wake of the FBI executing a search warrant at his Mar-a-Lago home and a federal court denying his effort to block Congress from getting his taxes, Donald Trump made his week worse by pleading the Fifth in New York’s fraud investigation.
Trump previously declared during a 2016 campaign event that only guilty people like mobsters plead the Fifth.
“You see the mob takes the Fifth,” he said. “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”
Indeed, if Trump is innocent, he would not plead the Fifth but would openly testify and answer questions from New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is investigating Trump’s fraudulent real estate and financial practices. Trump has repeatedly overvalued his properties when seeking bank loans while undervaluing them to evade taxes.
On Wednesday, Trump pleaded the Fifth and refused to answer questions about his fraudulent business activities. He even announced it on his failing social media platform.
“I once asked, ‘If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?’ Now I know the answer to that question,” Trump said. “I declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the United States Constitution.”
He went on to attack James and the investigation. But the damage of pleading the Fifth is done.
Trump clearly knew testifying would be incriminating. His past statements on who pleads the Fifth make it clear that he’s guilty and a coward. In fact, his pleading the Fifth can be used against him in this case. Trump not only faces legal problems in New York but also in Georgia for election interference and in Washington DC as the House January 6th Committee continues to reveal his plot to overthrow democracy.
Twitter users piled on Trump in response to his pleading the Fifth.
Legal Twitter tells me the trier of fact may draw an adverse inference from a witness in a civil case invoking the 5th.
So I’ll draw an adverse inference from Trump taking the 5th.
My adverse inference is that DONALD TRUMP IS GUILTY OF MORE CRIMES THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 10, 2022
BREAKING: as the NY AG investigation is civil (at this point), Trump’s assertion of the 5th CAN be used against him if the AG brings a civil case, unlike in a criminal case. At this point, one would expect that civil suit to happen in short order. https://t.co/qTk3PwZw0Q
— Andrew Weissmann (@AWeissmann_) August 10, 2022
UPDATE: President Trump just took the 5th Amendment. To quote his own words back at him, what does he have to hide? https://t.co/6JT15De06C
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 10, 2022
Hillary Clinton testified under oath for 11 hours and didn’t plead the 5th a single time.
It’s sad how guilty traitor trump is.
— George Bailey (@gb4bedfordfalls) August 10, 2022
Trump has now pleaded the 5th in a civil trial, won’t reveal the search warrant/list of items taken by FBI & still is fighting the release of his tax returns. And he’s facing at least 4 criminal investigations mostly for things we KNOW he did
— Josh Moon 🇺🇸 (@Josh_Moon) August 10, 2022
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