The Fifth Amendment: The right that Donald Trump used as a weapon
Former US President Donald Trump on Wednesday invoked the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution to not respond to questions from the New York attorney, who is investigating alleged fraud in his family business. A day after his Florida home was searched by the FBI, in a different case, Trump used this right that protects him against self-incrimination as a weapon to reiterate that he is the victim of political persecution.
“I once asked, “If you are innocent, why invoke the Fifth Amendment?” Now I know the answer to that question,” the former president said in a statement. “When your family, your company, and everyone around you becomes the target of a baseless and politically motivated witch hunt supported by lawyers, prosecutors and the fake media, you have no choice,” he added.
This amendment can be used to avoid self-incrimination – as the text says that people “cannot be witnesses against themselves” – but it cannot be seen as an admission of guilt. “I have no choice because the current administration and many attorneys in this country have lost all moral and ethical boundaries of decency,” Trump said.
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