Trump comments on Fifth Amendment resurface after Cohen filing
President Trump’s past comments slamming those who plead the Fifth Amendment quickly resurfaced Wednesday after Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen said he would assert his Fifth Amendment rights in Stormy Daniels’s lawsuit filed against him and Trump.
“The mob takes the Fifth,” Trump said at one campaign rally in September 2017. “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”
He was largely targeting former staffers for Hillary Clinton who pleaded the Fifth during the investigation into her use of a private email server while she was secretary of State.
Trump also called staffers pleading the Fifth “disgraceful” and “a bigger deal than Watergate” at different points during the campaign.
The president, however, pleaded the Fifth during his divorce from his first wife Ivana Trump in 1990 to avoid answering questions about adultery.
And Cohen revealed in a court filing Wednesday that he will plead the Fifth in Daniels’s defamation lawsuit against him.
Several Twitter users, including journalists and Daniels’s lawyer Michael Avenatti, resurfaced Trump’s past comments on the Fifth Amendment in response to Cohen’s revelation.
TRUMP in September 2016: “The mob takes the Fifth. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” pic.twitter.com/xuta4kGVuz
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 25, 2018
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) April 25, 2018
At this moment, I think it is critically important that we remember this: https://t.co/24EV1C9QnD
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 25, 2018
Trump in the past: “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth?”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) April 25, 2018
“The mob takes the Fifth. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” – Donald Trump https://t.co/9srq0NJwK3
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) April 25, 2018
.@MichaelCohen212 your client has a question for you.
“The mob takes the Fifth Amendment. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” — @realDonaldTrump
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) April 25, 2018