February 7, 2023

Video Shows Trump Taking the Fifth Over 400 Times in NY Deposition

Former President Trump was seen in a recently release video pleading the Fifth Amendment over 400 times during a 2022 deposition.

Trump repeatedly refused to answer questions during the deposition by New York Attorney General Letitia James for $250 million about his business practices in the state.

"There has never been another president or perhaps even another politician who has been persecuted, harassed and in every other way unfairly treated like President Donald J. Trump," the former president said in the video.

"What Letitia James has tried to do the last number of years is a disgrace to the legal system and an affront to the New York state taxpayers and a violation of the solemn rights and protections afforded by the United States Constitution," he continued.

James filed the suit one month after the deposition was recorded.

"The next month, James filed a $250 million lawsuit against Trump, his three oldest children — Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric — and the Trump Organization, alleging that the company fraudulently inflated the value of their properties to get favorable loans and tax benefits," the New York Post reported.

"In the video, Kevin Wallace, the senior enforcement counsel in the AG's office, noted 'for the record' that Trump's statement was 'lengthy' and that 'we disagree with a lot of the characterizations,' as he began to question the former president," it added.

The video was not released until recently, weeks after Trump announced the launch of his 2024 campaign to return to the White House.

Trump and his lawyers argue that the lawsuit is politically motivated. The timing of the video's release appears to support this view despite the details of the case.

The ongoing lawsuit serves as one of many legal attacks facing Trump as he seeks to return to power in Washington against President Joe Biden.

Source: Fox News

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