The irony did not escape him. While he had suggested, in 2016, that only gangsters exercised their right to remain silent, so did Donald Trump on Wednesday, refusing to answer questions from the New York attorney general during an oath hearing on suspicion of financial fraud within him. a company. Two days after an astonishing FBI search of his Florida home, he decried a “witch hunt” as his refusal to cooperate.
The former president of the United States since 2019, along with his two sons Ivanka and Donald Jr., has been targeted by a civil investigation by Letitia James, the highest justice in New York state.
He was heard in Mrs. James’ office in the morning in Manhattan, but he invoked the famous Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution, which authorizes not to testify against himself. In 2016, he was fired during a meeting, while Hillary Clinton’s collaborators refused to answer during a parliamentary inquiry: “It’s the Mafia that uses the Fifth Amendment. If you’re innocent why would you resort to the Fifth Amendment?”
“You have no choice”
In the Truth Social, Donald Trump justified his decision: “When your family, your business, and everyone in your orbit become the targets of a baseless political manhunt, you have no choice. If he’s been still hesitant lately, the FBI search of his home, he explains, On Monday, at Mar-a-Lago, he persuaded him, according to him, “Our administration and many prosecutors in this country no longer have any morals.”
The civil investigation against the Trump family group was opened after the explosive testimony in Congress in Washington by one of Donald Trump’s former personal attorneys, Michael Cohen, alleging fraudulent valuations, up or down, of assets within the Trump Organization, for loans, obtaining tax cuts or Better insurance compensation.
Letitia James confirmed in January that she had “disclosed significant evidence indicating that Donald Trump and the Trump Organization wrongly and fraudulently valued a number of assets”, in particular the golf courses or the personal trio of the American billionaire, who is in Trump. Tower in New York.
Donald Trump’s lawyers denied the allegations. The attorney general does not have the authority to indict Donald Trump, but she can file a civil lawsuit and, in particular, seek monetary damages. The alleged facts are also the subject of a criminal investigation this time around, led by Manhattan Attorney General Alvin Bragg.
The hearing comes two days after an unprecedented search of Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, angered Republicans.
He even suggested on the Truth Social that the FBI may have “presented” evidence against him in the process. The former White House tenant wasn’t worried about justice in this way.
Does the FBI search relate to the many boxes that Donald Trump took with him when he left the White House in January 2021? Is it related to the investigation into his responsibility for the assault on the Capitol? Is it rather about the suspicions of financial fraud being subjected to the Trump Organization in New York?
Neither the Department of Justice, the FBI nor the New York City administration has commented this week. Donald Trump, ostensibly courting a new candidacy in 2024, claims his innocence in all of these cases.