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  •  He wouldn't even say who he works for! (1+ / 0-)
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    Based on Wildstein's phony patronage job title, I guess he would have had to incriminate himself if he were to honestly admit that he actually works for the Christie administation.

    On the other hand, it's starting to look like the big shot "class president and athlete" may eventually be brought down by the invisible nobody who wasn't worth Christie's time in high school!

    And if Kornacki's characterization of Wildstein is correct (and he would know), I wouldn't be surprised if this whole thing wasn't carefully staged to bring Christie down while getting immunity and then shopping for a book deal!

    Hell, Wildstein's probably been planning something like this since the days when Christie was the big man on campus who didn't know what Wildstein was up to.

    I can dream anyway.

    •  he refused to answer that question because (4+ / 0-)
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      Pi Li, T100R, JerryNA, VClib

      when you plead the 5th, if you answer anything on the topic, you may waive your right to rely on the 5th Amendment.  So, pretty much everyone who takes the 5th Amendment refuses to answer all questions, no matter how  harmless they may seem.  

      •  I thought one plead the fifth (0+ / 0-)

        to keep from saying something that may come back to incriminate themselves.  I guess that's what Wildstein is doing because he played a big role using a job he basically got because he was "a good friend of the Governor."

        "Washington, DC: Where Corruption is Rewarded, and Ethical Merit is DESPISED.

        by The Truth on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 11:24:23 AM PST

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        •  Not exactly. (1+ / 0-)
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          You don't plead the Fifth on a question by question basis.  I you do that, you may waive any rights to plead the Fifth at all.  

          That's to prevent people from picking and choosing -- "I like this question, so I'll answer it, but I don't like that one, so I'll plead the Fifth."  

          When you plead the Fifth, it has to be on a "topic" kind of basis.  You can't answer any questions regarding the area where you want to take the Fifth, or you risk waiver.  

      •  He couldn't plead the fifth (0+ / 0-)

        as was pointed out to him and his lawyer in the hearing.
        Did you watch the hearing? It was right there for all to see.

        So he resorted to simply not answering the questions. That's not invoking the fifth amendment.

        Additionally, he refused to even confirm that he worked at the Port Authority. Would you call that routine? It's not.

        In fact most of the documents they were referring to in the hearing came from Wildstein.

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