Trump's 'the mob takes the Fifth' remark viral after he takes the Fifth
- President Donald Trump pleaded the Fifth Amendment in a case against the Trump Organization
- Donald Trump said in 2016: “The mob takes the Fifth. If you are innocent, why are you taking the Fifth.”
- The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution protects one from being forced to incriminate oneself
Donald Trump, former United States President, invoked the Fifth Amendment to refuse to answer questions from the New York Attorney General at a scheduled deposition Wednesday. The 76-year-old was deposed by lawyers from the New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office as part of a three-year investigation into whether the Trump Organization misled lenders, insurers and tax authorities.
“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,” Trump said in a statement.
Donald Trump’s decision to plead the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution led to a wave of tweets with people sharing a video in which the 45th President of the USA is seen saying: “You see the mob takes the Fifth. If you are innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”
Trump made the comment in 2016 at a rally in Iowa. He was talking about Hillary Clinton, whose aides had invoked the Fifth in a Congressional investigation.
The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution states:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentiment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
The operative part, while pleading the fifth is: nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.
Trump’s previous comments on pleading the Fifth returned to haunt him. Thousands of Twitter users tweeted video of Trump’s comments on the Fifth Amendment.