Trump may plead the fifth in Mueller’s Russia investigation, says Giuliani

Anca Alexe 07/05/2018 | 08:03

Donald Trump’s new attorney and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani is not ruling out the possibility of Trump asserting his fifth amendment right against self-incrimination in the Russia investigation, according to the Guardian.

Trump has said he is open to an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian election interference and alleged links between Trump and Moscow. Giuliani has said he would strongly advise against this interview.

In 2016, Trump disparaged Hillary Clinton staffers who had taken the fifth during an investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server: “The mob takes the fifth amendment,” Trump said. “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the fifth amendment?”

A subpoena from Mueller for the president would probably find its way to the Supreme Court, which has never firmly decided whether presidents can be compelled to speak under oath.

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