Trump blasts those who take the Fifth, but he used it 97 times on adultery questions.
Pleading the Fifth is a well-known term in the U.S. justice system. The Amendment says American citizens have the right to not incriminate themselves, so those suspected of committing a crime can remain silent rather than deliver testimony.
Thousands of people have invoked that right over the years, from powerful politicians and business leaders to everyday people who refuse to testify when they’re being charged with a crime.
The lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels argued Thursday that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer's "blanket claims" for Fifth Amendment protections are "expressly prohibited by law," according to a federal court filing in California. Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, is responding to Trump attorney Michael Cohen's request Wednesday to plead his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in the Daniels lawsuit over her alleged affair with Trump because of the ongoing criminal investigation he faces in New York.
“So there are five of them taking the Fifth Amendment, like you see on the mob, right?”
Trump said at another rally in Iowa, though it was three former Clinton staff members who pleaded the Fifth.
“The mob takes the Fifth Amendment. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”
That’s exactly the question Donald Trump was asked 26 years ago, in 1990 when he was in the midst of divorcing Ivana Trump, his wife #1, according to the Huffington Post. During the divorce proceedings, which included five depositions, Trump pleaded the Fifth 97 times on approximately 100 questions related to marriage infidelity.
By pleading the Fifth, he avoided any admittance to adultery.
That worked in his favor, as Trump reportedly ended up paying Ivana Trump an amount similar to their prenuptial agreement.