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Trump Invoked Fifth Amendment More Than 440 Times In NY AG Deposition: Report

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Former President Donald Trump reportedly invoked the Fifth Amendment hundreds of times during an hours-long deposition with New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday.

Near the start of the deposition, Trump gave his name and read a statement that called the investigation into whether his real estate company violated New York tax laws a continuation of “the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country” and said James “openly campaigned on a policy of destroying me,” his lawyer, Ronald Fischetti, told the New York Times. James did not visibly react, Fischetti noted.

Amid “questions about valuations and golf clubs and all that stuff,” Trump invoked his right against self-incrimination as he repeated “same answer” throughout the deposition, which was interspersed with breaks, per the lawyer. Overall it was a four-hour session.

A statement released by Trump after the deposition, which lasted from around 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., said he “declined to answer” questions during his deposition. In fact, he invoked the Fifth Amendment more than 440 times, a source told CNBC. James’s office affirmed that Trump invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

TRUMP SAYS HE ‘DECLINED TO ANSWER’ QUESTIONS DURING NY AG DEPOSITION

“While we will not comment on specific details, we can confirm that today, our office conducted a deposition of former president Donald Trump,” the office said. “Attorney General Letitia James took part in the deposition during which Mr. Trump invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Attorney General James will pursue the facts and the law wherever they may lead. Our investigation continues.”… (Read more)

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