Trump Pleads the Fifth in New York AG Probe

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to answer questions from New York Attorney General Letitia James about his business dealings, explaining he was invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

“I have absolutely no choice because the current administration and many prosecutors in this country have lost all moral and ethical bounds of decency,” Trump said in a statement published on his Truth social network. “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.”

“I once asked, ‘If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?'” the twice-impeached former president acknowledged. “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.”

James said investigators found evidence that the Trump Organization lied to artificially inflate asset values to secure loans at favorable interest rates, while understating the values to get tax breaks. The Trump Organization denies any wrongdoing.

Trump’s Truth screed took aim at James, a Democrat who he called a “renegade, out-of-control prosecutor” who is using the investigation “as a means of advancing her personal career.”

According to The New York Times, within minutes of arriving at the attorney general’s office, Trump’s team released three video clips attacking “Letitia James’ Radical Witch Hunt.”

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