Here are some choice quotes from Donald Trump from over the past few years in regards to individuals who, under oath, invoked their Fifth Amendment rights. “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” Then there’s “Fifth Amendment? Horrible. Horrible.” That’s two times the word “horrible.” Then the classic, “You see, the mob takes the Fifth Amendment.” And finally, this classic, Samuel Beckett-inspired synthesis of language, building upon that last classic: “Fifth? Mob!”
On Tuesday, the New York attorney general’s office finally released video of disgraced former president Donald Trump’s deposition from this past August, where he invoked his Fifth Amendment rights, not once, not twice, but over 440 times. Trump released a statement saying, “I once asked, 'If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment? Now I know the answer to that question. When your family, your company, and all the people in your orbit have become the targets of an unfounded, politically motivated Witch Hunt supported by lawyers, prosecutors, and the Fake News Media, you have no choice. Accordingly, under the advice of my counsel and for all of the above reasons, I declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the United States Constitution."
This deposition was a part of the New York attorney general’s probe into the Trump Organization’s business dealings.
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Trump’s infatuation with the Fifth Amendment as a talking point began during his campaign for president. During the investigation into whether or not Hillary Clinton’s private email server was the end of the world for humanity, a former IT staffer for Clinton pleaded the Fifth during a deposition with right-wing “advocacy group” Judicial Watch back in 2016. If you don’t know who Judicial Watch is, imagine if Tucker Carlson had a law firm that just created the same propaganda he spouts by way of filing lawsuits and briefs.
Here’s a short walk down memory lane, with Donald Trump making sure everyone knows that anyone who pleads the Fifth Amendment is guilty.
And here is just under 11 minutes of Donald Trump pleading the Fifth Amendment in regards to his organization's’ business dealings because he’s … innocent.
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