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Former President Donald Trump pleaded the Fifth in a civil lawsuit looking into the Trump Organization in New York state. It was a revelation that comes after years of Trump claiming that only mobsters plead their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Trump previously stated that only guilty people use their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.
“You see the mob takes the Fifth,” Trump said in a speech. “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”
During a presidential debate with former Secretary Hillary Clinton, Trump claimed, "When you have your staff taking the Fifth Amendment — taking the Fifth, so they're not prosecuted. When you have the man that set up the illegal server taking the Fifth, I think it's disgraceful."
Speaking to the New York Attorney General on Wednesday morning, however, his opinions changed.
Lawyers Tristan Snell and Andrew Weissmann both noted that because the New York Attorney General is doing a civil case into Trump, the fact that he pleaded the Fifth is a bit of information that the court can use to assume there's liability involved on his part. He said that it was something that Attorney General Letitia James actually was hoping for.
\u201cBREAKING: Trump pleads Fifth, refuses to answer NY AG questions about Trump Organization\u2019s alleged tax and financial fraud.\n\nThis is a civil case \u2014 so the court can draw an inference of liability. \n\nThis is exactly what the AG was hoping to achieve. The case is now even stronger.\u201d— Tristan Snell (@Tristan Snell) 1660142982
\u201cBREAKING: as the NY AG investigation is civil (at this point), Trump's assertion of the 5th CAN be used against him if the AG brings a civil case, unlike in a criminal case. At this point, one would expect that civil suit to happen in short order.\u201d— Andrew Weissmann (@Andrew Weissmann) 1660142871
You can read Trump drawing mockery and accusations of hypocrisy from other legal experts below:
\u201cHey #MAGA didn\u2019t Trump say something along the lines of \u201conly guilty ppl plead the 5th?\u201d\u201d— Andrew C Laufer, Esq (@Andrew C Laufer, Esq) 1660140914
\u201cPolitics is not why Trump is in grave legal jeopardy. Politics is why he avoided justice for so long.\u201d— Tristan Snell (@Tristan Snell) 1660143124
\u201cReminder: it's the Fifth Amendment privilege AGAINST SELF-INCRIMINATION.\u201d— Elizabeth H.C. McLaughlin (she/her) (@Elizabeth H.C. McLaughlin (she/her)) 1660140827
\u201cTrump: \u201cIf you\u2019re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth?\u201d\u201d— Miranda Yaver, PhD (@Miranda Yaver, PhD) 1660140806
\u201cHearing reports Trump took the 5th in his deposition with NY AG this morning, so, reupping this.\u201d— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1660140924
\u201cDon Jr. and Ivanka did not plead the Fifth, likely because their involvement with the fraud was minimal.\n\nDonald Trump pled the Fifth, because he was almost certainly running the fraud.\u201d— Tristan Snell (@Tristan Snell) 1660143071
\u201cTrump lies with abandon in public media, but has scrupulously avoided testifying or submitting statements that could expose him to criminal liability, e.g. Congress, Grand Jury, NY AG investigation. Upshot: he is unwilling to have his statements subject to any objective scrutiny.\u201d— Andrew Weissmann (@Andrew Weissmann) 1660143118
Former Arizona GOP governor says she'll endorse Kari Lake if she admits lying about 'stolen' 2020 election
Trump-loving conspiracy theorist Kari Lake has won the Arizona Republican Party's nomination for governor -- and former Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer is still reluctant to endorse her.
In an interview with The New York Times, Brewer said that Lake would need to come clean about false claims she made about the 2020 presidential election in Arizona, which she has repeatedly assailed as illegitimate while also implicating the state's Republicans for certifying its results.
"I want to hear her tell me she did all this because she wanted to win and that it got a little bit out of control," Brewer said of Lake's false stolen election claims.
Brewer also expressed skepticism that Lake can do enough to pivot from appealing to hardcore Trump voters to winning over swing voters in a state that has been trending blue.
“She went so far to the right that I don’t know if she can recover,” she said. “And if she can’t, we’ll have a Democratic governor.”
Arizona Republicans this year have nominated a trifecta of election deniers to run in this fall's elections.
In addition to Lake, GOP voters nominated Trump-backed Blake Masters to face off against Sen. Mark Kelly (R-AZ) this fall, as well as Mark Finchem -- an open supporter of the Oath Keepers militia -- to be secretary of state.
Rep, Matt Gaetz (R-FL) took a shot at Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) after he refused to reflexively condemn the raid of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.
Gaetz called out Scott during a Newsmax interview after the South Carolina senator said that Republicans should wait for the facts before criticizing the raid.
"Speaking directly to Tim Scott, we should wait and hear all this out, wait and see how it goes," Gaetz said. "That's exactly what the weak Republicans were saying during the Mueller investigation."
"I feel like I've been to this movie before where McConnell and a lot of McConnell-ites say, 'Oh, well, we should wring our hands and hope that President Trump didn't break the law,'" he added.
Watch the video below from Newsmax.