The former president of the United States was questioned for several hours on Wednesday in Manhattan in the offices of the highest magistrate of the State of New York, Letitia James, who has been investigating in civil since 2019 on suspicion of financial and tax fraud in the 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 washington postalso 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 – that is, the constitutional right not to answer – thus systematically declared Mr. Trump, according to the washington post.
contacted byAFPneither the services of Ms. James nor the lawyers of Mr. Trump have so far responded.
As soon as he arrived at Ms. James’s office on Wednesday, the Republican billionaire announced in a press release that he would invoke the famous 5th amendment to the United States Constitution, which allows any litigant not to testify against himself.
Letitia James, an elected prosecutor for the Democratic Party, confirmed this in a very brief statement after her face-to-face with the businessman, assuring that she
would continue [son] investigationbecause
no one is above the law in the USA.