Former President Donald Trump invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege during a deposition before New York City Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday, claiming her investigation into operations of the Trump Organization was a politically motivated “witch hunt.”
“In New York City tonight. Seeing racist N.Y.S. Attorney General tomorrow, for a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in U.S. history!” Trump wrote on his Truth Social account. “My great company, and myself, are being attacked from all sides. Banana Republic!”
After the deposition, Trump posted a flurry of video clips to his Truth Social attacking the New York Attorney General, whom he maintains is a “racist” — a claim Trump has advanced for some time.
“These prosecutors are vicious, horrible people. They’re racists and they’re very sick, they’re mentally sick, In reality, they’re not after me. They’re after you.” Trump had claimed back in February, according to WTTW.
Trump then issued a statement about how he handled the process of being interviewed, and why he chose to invoke the Fifth Amendment — which protects citizens from being forced into self-incrimination.
“We cannot permit a renegade and out-of-control prosecutor to use this investigation as a means of advancing her political career. New York deserves better, and this country deserves better.” Trump wrote in a statement.
“I once asked, ‘if you’re innocent, why are you taking the fifth amendment?’ 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.”
Given the Mar-a-Lago raid, which helped confirm his fears that these various investigations are politically motivated, Trump decided not to answer questions during the scheduled deposition on Wednesday. For his family, and for his company.
“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.”
The investigation is still ongoing and DCE will bring you more updates as it unfolds. No matter what happens, however, this should make for a very interesting November when voters head to the polls and have the final say.