Trump Acts Like A Mobster; Pleads the Fifth More Than 400 Times

It’s time to Break It Down!

What a difference a quadrennial makes. Four years ago, Donald Trump said:

“You see the mob takes the Fifth. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”

Last August, in a ironic twist, The Donald invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination more than 400 times during his deposition with office of New York Attorney General Letitia James. Newly released video shows he repeated the same answer for nearly four hours. The deposition was part of a $250 million fraud lawsuit by the Empire State against Trump, three of his adult children, and his business.

The video showed Trump refused to answer any questions during the four-hour deposition on August 10th.

Trump answered the first three questions of the deposition with: “For all of the reasons provided by my answer, which is incorporated herein in its entirety, I decline to answer the question.”

NY AG James’ team told Trump that to speed things up, he could respond to the questions with, “same answer.” 

Most of the rest of the deposition was the voice of the AG senior enforcement counsel Kevin Wallace, who noted for the record that ‘obviously, we disagree with a lot of the characterizations in Trump’s statement.

When Trump showed up in downtown Manhattan for the deposition, he’d inexplicably (not really) evolved his position. There he said:

“This whole thing is very unfair. Anyone in my position not taking the Fifth Amendment would be a fool, and absolute fool.” 

I respectfully decline to answer questions under the rights and privileges afforded every citizen under the United States Constitution, on the advice of counsel.

This will be my answer to any further questions.”

And just like that, the imperious Donald the Intrepid, developed a brand-new attitude, and surprise, surprise, a whole new-found appreciation for the viability and applicability of the Fifth Amendment. Whoever said, old dogs can’t learn new tricks?

A little over a month after the deposition, on September 21, AG James announced her office’s suit against Trump, the three kids, and the business for inflating the value of their properties. All four Trumps denied any wrongdoing.

Despite his repeated “same answer” responses, The Donald appeared to weigh at least some of the questions posed. At one point he leaned forward, crossed his arms, and studied financial documents handed to him by AG counsel Wallace. Then, he uttered, “same answer.”

This is just one of several pending legal actions directed at Trump, both civil and criminal. These suits, combined with the active presidential campaign Trump is waging will make for a unique campaign season. There are sure to be further developments. Stay tuned. “Trump Acts Like a Mobster; Pleads The Fifth More Than 400 Times!”

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