“Pleading the Fifth” is a colloquial term often used to invoke the self-incrimination clause when witnesses decline to answer questions where the answers might incriminate them.
Trump has had mostly negative things to say about people who plead the fifth, calling it disgraceful and saying “If you’re not guilty of a crime, what do you need the immunity for pleading the fifth amendment?” and “The mob takes the Fifth. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”
Recently in the NY civil investigation, Trump was forced to sit for a deposition at James’ Manhattan office. In a statement, he indicated that he had “declined to answer the questions,” invoking his Fifth Amendment right not to be forced to incriminate oneself.
Trump addressed the about-face in a statement: “I once asked, ‘If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?’ Now I know the answer to that question.” He cited the FBI’s Monday raid of Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach home, as the last straw of “an unfounded, politically motivated Witch Hunt supported by lawyers, prosecutors, and the Fake News Media.”
What are your thoughts on Trump’s about face regarding pleading the fifth?
Do you agree with his decision to exercise this right?
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