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Jesse Malcolm Barack
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Thu Aug 11 04:13:59
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Trump pleaded the Fifth more than 440 times during his deposition in New York, only answering a question about what his name is: NBC report

A source told NBC News Trump pleaded the Fifth more than 440 times during his Wednesday deposition.

Trump attorney Ron Fischetti said Trump only answered one question about what his name was.

Trump in 2018 railed against pleading the Fifth, saying only "the mob" did that.

Former President Donald Trump, during his deposition in New York on Wednesday, ended up pleading the Fifth more than 440 times, per NBC News.

This was according to a source with knowledge of the deposition, who told NBC News how Trump invoked his Fifth Amendment rights hundreds of times.

Additionally, Trump's lawyer Ron Fischetti told NBC News the only question Trump answered was one where he was asked what his name was.

A spokesperson for the New York Attorney General's office confirmed to NBC News that Trump had invoked the Fifth, but did not elaborate on how many times he did so.

Trump declined to answer questions during a Wednesday deposition at the office of New York attorney general Tish James. James is investigating whether Trump's company, the Trump Organization, violated banking, insurance, and tax laws and if it engaged in financial fraud.

The New York Times also spoke to Fischetti, who said that the deposition, which lasted around four hours with breaks in between, involved Trump saying "same answer" over and over again and reiterating his Fifth Amendment plea.

"They asked a lot of questions about valuations and golf clubs and all that stuff," Fischetti told The Times.

Fischetti also told The Times that Trump had to be talked out of answering questions from the New York Attorney General's office.

"He absolutely wanted to testify, and it took some very strong persuasion by me and some others to convince him," Fischetti said.

Trump released a lengthy statement on Wednesday slamming James.

"I once asked, 'If you're innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?'" he said in the statement.

"Now I know the answer to that question," he continued in the statement. "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."

After the deposition, Trump made a post on Truth Social, declaring that he was leaving the Attorney General's office.

"A very professional meeting. Have a fantastic company with great assets, very little debt, and lots of CASH. Only in America!" Trump wrote.

Trump famously declared in the past that only members of "the mob" would take the Fifth.

"You see the mob takes the Fifth," he said in April 2018. "If you're innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?"

Fischetti did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.
murder
Member
Thu Aug 11 04:38:19

I'm sure there's an innocent explanation.

earthpig
GTFO HOer
Thu Aug 11 12:39:21
Civil rights for me, not for thee.

"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."

That's not true, the bit about "all the people in" his "orbit."

The person he appointed to head the FBI, for example, isn't in trouble. He's the one leading the charge, lololol
earthpig
GTFO HOer
Thu Aug 11 12:40:00
Which, I guess, is the kind of thing that happens with your inner circle, when you go all Julius Caesar. Stabby stab stab.
Rugian
Member
Thu Aug 11 13:05:30
"when you go all Julius Caesar"

He was a Caesar, unfortunately.

When it came to draining the swamp, he should have gone full Sulla instead.
Rugian
Member
Thu Aug 11 13:09:59
Though I guess we can think of the current period as the interregnum between Sulla's first consulship and his eventual dictatorship. Complete with Cinna and Marius trying to make Sulla out to be a criminal.

patom
Member
Thu Aug 11 13:16:08
Trump a Caesar??? Most history books have Julius Caesar as a great General.

Please don't compare Trump with any competent General.
Rugian
Member
Thu Aug 11 13:18:37
Patom

Oh I don't know. Just look at the great mass of territories he has conquered:

http://com..._County.svg#mw-jump-to-license
patom
Member
Thu Aug 11 13:19:27
Sulla was a General and leader. Trump wouldn't make a pimple on the ass of either Sulla or Caesar.
earthpig
GTFO HOer
Thu Aug 11 14:24:50
Fair enough; consider the words "try to" to be inserted in the earlier statement, where relevant.

"...when you try to go all Julius Caesar..."
kargen
Member
Thu Aug 11 18:46:37
The number of times he evoked the 5th doesn't matter. Lawyers will all tell you if you intend of evoking the 5th do it for every question so the other side can't claim other questions are related to the one you answered so 5th wouldn't apply.

Pleading the 5th should be all or nothing. That they insisted on wasting four hours to hear him say same answer over and over is kind of silly. I know why they did it but still silly/stupid.
murder
Member
Thu Aug 11 19:18:56

"Pleading the 5th should be all or nothing."

No. The 5th protects you from being forced to incriminate yourself. You should be able to sidestep any question that would lead to you incriminating yourself if answered truthfully. You should be able to answer any question that you feel helps your defense ... since you have a right to defend yourself.

Habebe
Member
Thu Aug 11 20:59:33
Murder os actually making perfect sense here....im going to check my tempersture.
Habebe
Member
Thu Aug 11 20:59:33
Murder os actually making perfect sense here....im going to check my tempersture.
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