(PatrioticPost.com)- Former President Donald Trump pleaded the Fifth and refused to answer questions from New York Prosecutors during his deposition in Manhattan last Wednesday.
Trump was deposed in the ongoing civil investigation led by New York Attorney General Letitia James into the Trump Organization’s business practices.
In a statement after the deposition, the former President said he declined to answer “under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the United States Constitution.”
Trump said he declined to answer questions because he, his family, and his business have become “targets” of a political-motivated “Witch Hunt.” Citing the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago two days earlier, the former president said that Monday’s search “wiped out any uncertainty” over whether he would cooperate with the New York investigation.
Trump, along with Donald Trump Junior and Ivanka Trump, was scheduled to be deposed in the AG’s investigation back in July, but the depositions were delayed after his ex-wife Ivana Trump died unexpectedly.
In his statement, the former president blasted New York Attorney General Letitia James who had campaigned in 2018 on the promise to “get Trump.” He accused her of making a career out of “maliciously attacking me and my business before she was even elected.”
Trump said he would not permit “a renegade and out-of-control prosecutor” to use him and his business as a way to advance her political career.
He reiterated that he did nothing wrong, adding that this is why, after five years of investigations, nothing has been found.
After the deposition, the former president posted on Truth Social that it was “a very professional meeting.” He defended the Trump Organization, calling it a “fantastic company with great assets, very little debt, and lots of CASH. Only in America!”
Trump’s children Ivanka and Don Junior were both deposed earlier, with Don meeting with prosecutors in late July and Ivanka in early August.
It was previously reported that Donald Trump Junior answered questions without taking the Fifth Amendment, however, it was not clear what questions he was asked.