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The politically-charged witch hunt by radical leftists to take down President Donald Trump continues.
Trump arrived in his motorcade at the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James for a deposition in a civil investigation into his family’s business.
However, when Trump sat for the deposition, he invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to answer any questions.
Trump slammed the investigation as an “unfounded politically motivated Witch Hunt.” He also says Joe Biden and prosecutors across the nation have “lost all moral and ethical bounds of decency.”
Upon his arrival, Trump explained that the A.G.’s office is “very plush, beautiful, and expensive… Nice working conditions, as people are being murdered all over New York – and she spends her time and effort on trying to ‘get Trump.'”
TRUMP PLEADS THE FIFTH IN LETITIA JAMES’ DEPOSITION TODAY. pic.twitter.com/qfELVzIanz
— M. Tibbles (@MariaTibbles) August 10, 2022
Trump responded, “What Letitia James has tried to do the last three years is a disgrace to the legal system, an affront to New York State taxpayers, and a violation of the solemn rights and protections afforded by the United States Constitution.”
“I did nothing wrong, which is why, after five years of looking, the Federal, State and local governments, together with the Fake News Media, have found nothing,” Trump said.
“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. This is a vindictive and self-serving fishing expedition, the likes of which our Country has never seen before.”
“The United States Constitution exists for this very purpose, and I will utilize it to the fullest extent to defend myself against this malicious attack by this administration, this Attorney General’s Office, and all other attacks on my family, my business, and our Country,” Trump said.
“I once asked, ‘If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?’ Now I know the answer to that question,” he continued.
“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.”
“If there was any question in my mind, the raid of my home, Mar-a-Lago, on Monday by the FBI, just two days prior to this deposition, wiped out any uncertainty,” Trump said. “I have absolutely no choice because the current Administration and many prosecutors in this Country have lost all moral and ethical bounds of decency.”
“Accordingly, 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,” he continued.
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The former president is the last member of the family to be deposed as part of the investigation. Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. were deposed earlier this month. All three depositions were expected to take place last month, but Trump’s lawyers had asked for a delay, after the unexpected passing of Ivana Trump, Trump’s first wife and the mother of his 3 eldest children, on July 14. The depositions had been scheduled to take place the next day.
A lawyer for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The AG’s office did not confirm nor deny the information and declined to comment.
James’ office has been conducting a civil investigation into the Trump Organization to find out whether Trump and his company improperly inflated the value of assets on financial statements in order to obtain loans and tax benefits.
Those financial dealings that the NY AG believes could have been potentially fraudulent include properties such as Trump’s estate Seven Springs in Westchester, New York, 40 Wall Street, and his residence at Trump Tower in New York City.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has said the investigation is politically motivated and a “witch hunt.”
Trump’s office, in a Wednesday morning press release, shared a video on Rumble that said: “Abusing the attorney general’s office to attack President Trump.”
The video shows James with a supporter saying: “Please sue him for us,” and James responding: “Oh we’re going to definitely sue him. We’re going to be a real pain in the a—.”