- Jun 10, 2022
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- Long Island, NY
One way or another, this darkness got to give...He wasn't dealing with the FBI, he did not claim the 5th versus the FEDS, he claimed it versus the NY AG, mostly because he was set-up, like a bowling pin, to be knocked down.
"Former President Donald Trump declined to answer questions on Wednesday during a deposition with the office of New York Attorney General Tish James, asserting his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination."
The issue seems to be this, the NY AG is running TWO parallel investigations, one criminal, and one civil, and the Trump organization, is somewhat concerned, that any evidence uncovered in the civil investigation, will be used in the criminal investigation.
". . .The possibility of Trump pleading the Fifth was discussed at length over the past few months in state court litigation over Trump’s and his children’s depositions. Trump’s lawyers argued that James had exceeded her authority by running two parallel investigations — one civil and one criminal, with the Manhattan district attorney’s office — and that taking the Fifth was not a practical option for the former president. But New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron in February rejected the lawyers’ attempts to dodge the testimony and asserted that Trump and his children all had the right to show up to the depositions and claim their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. . . ."
". . In a subsequent appeal of Engoron’s decision to force the former president to sit for the deposition, Trump’s lawyers argued that the subpoenas violated the Trumps’ constitutional rights because their statements could be used in a parallel criminal investigation. But a four-judge panel concluded in May that there is no constitutional right that would grant immunity from prosecution to individuals who were called to testify before a grand jury. They also cited the Fifth Amendment as an option for the president in his deposition. . . ."
I honestly hadn't known of the legal witchcraft they were subjecting him too. Such trickery!