Fifth Amendment Trends on Twitter After Donald Trump Declines to Answer Questions in Deposition

He previously claimed people who were innocent did not plead the fifth.
By Savannah Moss
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Former President Donald J. Trump pleaded the fifth this morning in a deposition in New York in an ongoing investigation. The questioning came from the New York state attorney as they investigate his company’s business practices. Although denying to answer questions in investigations is a right guaranteed by the constitution and does not insinuate any guilt, Trump has previously claimed innocent people do not plead the fifth. As such, his statement, where he notes he “declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the United States Constitution” caused conversation online.

The investigation comes as the Attorney General investigates if Trump increased the value of his assets, like hotels or golf clubs. In his statement released earlier today, he continues the narrative that the investigation against him is due to his politics, saying he was being targeted. He also addresses his previous statements regarding the fifth ammendment: ““I once asked, ‘If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?’ Now I know the answer to that question.”

Many people used his logic against him, with one person commenting “Donald Trump pleads the Fifth in NY AG Investigation into his business practices. Sooo, when you said…”You see the mob takes the Fifth. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” tell us Donald, why did you plead the Fifth?” Many also reposted videos of his previous commentsand compared it today’s statement.

Ever since the FBI raided his residence in Mar-a-Lago, where they focused on finding documents brought with him to the residence after departing from the White House, some Republicans continue to believe the investigations are unfair and biased against him to prohibit him from running for office once again. “The FBI is raiding President Trump’s home in Maralago! This is the rogue behavior of communist countries, NOT the United States of America!!! These are the type of things that happen in countries during civil war. The political persecution MUST STOP,” Marjorie Taylor Greene wrote on Twitter.