Former US President Donald Trump is under investigation for suspected financial and tax fraud within the Trump Organization family group.
Donald Trump invoked more than 440 times his right not to answer questions under the 5th Amendment to the US Constitution during his sworn hearing before the New York Attorney General on Wednesday, media reports Thursday. p>
The former President of the United States was interrogated for several hours on Wednesday in Manhattan at the offices of New York State's highest magistrate, Letitia James, who civil investigation since 2019 on suspicion of financial and tax fraud within the Trump Organization family group.
According to one of Mr. Trump's lawyers, Ron Fischetti, quoted by NBC television, the only response his client gave was to confirm his name.
A source familiar with the matter told the channel that the 45th president had invoked the right to remain silent 440 times and not to answer questions from New York magistrates and investigators.
According to the Washington Post, also relying on an anonymous source given the confidentiality of the hearing under oath, Donald Trump refused more than 400 times to answer questions about his businesses, the valuation of his heritage and his debt .
Same answer – i.e. the constitutional right not to answer – has thus consistently been declared by Mr. Trump, according to the Washington Post.
Contacted by AFP, neither Ms. James' services nor Mr. Trump's lawyers have yet responded.
As soon as he arrived at Ms. James' office on Wednesday, the Republican billionaire announced in a statement that he would invoke the famous 5th amendment to the United States Constitution, which allows to all litigants not to testify against themselves.
Letitia James, an elected prosecutor of the Democratic Party, had confirmed this in a very brief press release after her f face-to-face with the businessman, assuring that she would continue [her] investigation, because no one is above the law in the United States.