The Pardu

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Pleading "The Fifth" (Will 45 Plead The Fifth?)

Pleading The Fifth
Colloquially Speaking

    Pleading the Fifth

    "Pleading the Fifth" is thus a colloquial term for invoking the right that allows witnesses to decline to answer questions where the answers might incriminate them, and generally without having to suffer a penalty for asserting the right.
Cornell Law School

    Fifth Amendment

    Fifth Amendment: An Overview
    The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides, "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."
For the first time in US history, we are seeing, hearing and reading about the Fifth Amendment like no other time across the centuries. Even the Nixon Administration and its Watergate Sandal didn't find the nation faced with as much talk of "the Fifth."

No matter the US constitutional definition, pleading "the Fifth" means the person has a degree of guilt which could lead to her/his conviction of a felony offense. The legal pleading so matter of fact, 2016 Presidential candidate Trump fed his supporters and potential voters a steady diet of "Plead the Fifth" against opponent Clinton. 

Watch and think about the potential for Trump pleading "the Fifth" as the Special Counsel closes the legal lops around his inner core. 

This morning while having breakfast or heading to church the following from Rudy Giuliani
Pres. Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani says he can't be confident the president won't invoke the Fifth Amendment if he speaks with the special counsel: "I've got a client who wants to testify... I hope we get a chance to tell him the risk that he's taking." 
Amazing that Trump would so loosely use "the Fifth" as a strategy with a closet so full of potential legal entanglements. Pleading "the Fifth" may not save him or his inner core cabal from some form of prosecution.

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