Is Donald Trump’s one-man crime spree about to come to an end after seven decades of him getting away with breaking the law in dozens, nay, thousands of different ways? At the moment, we don’t know the answer to that. One thing do we know? That the former president of the United States spent Wednesday morning making himself look incredibly, wildly guilty—and that the day’s not over yet!
First up, he suggested that when the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago on Monday, they might have planted incriminating evidence against him. Taking to Truth Social, Trump wrote: “The FBI and others from the Federal Government would not let anyone, including my lawyers, be anywhere near the areas that were rummaged and otherwise looked at during the raid on Mar-a-Lago. Everyone was asked to leave the premises, they wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, ‘planting.’ Why did they STRONGLY insist on having nobody watching them, everybody out? Obama and Clinton were never ‘raided,’ despite big disputes!”
Setting aside the fact that that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were never “raided” because there wasn’t credible evidence either of them had committed a federal crime, the idea that the FBI typically allows people to look over their shoulders while they’re executing search warrants, and didn’t in this case for nefarious reasons, is total bullshit. Luckily for Trump, though, his supporters don‘t actually care about truth, which is why they’re in thrall to a notorious con man who lies to them all the time. Which brings us to the baseless claim that the feds planted evidence at his residence. Is this the kind of thing an innocent person would put out there? If you were confident in your innocence, wouldn’t you at least wait to see if they ultimately charged you with a crime to start making such bold accusations? Or rather does it sound like someone who knows he did something wrong, that was uncovered during the search, would claim? Incidentally, Trump’s congressional defenders have fanned out today to also insist the FBI must have planted evidence, as though Team Trump sent them a series of approved talking points shortly after the raid occurred.
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But accusing the federal government of trying to frame him wasn‘t the only curious move the ex-president took today. He also chose to invoke his Fifth Amendment right rather than answer questions for a previously planned, under-oath deposition by New York attorney general Letitia James, who is currently investigating the Trump Organization, and said earlier this year that she’d uncovered “significant evidence“ of fraud. Shortly after the deposition got underway on Wednesday, Trump’s office released a statement in which the ex-president raged against James, calling her “a failed politician” and claiming she’d “intentionally colluded with others to carry out this phony years-long crusade that has wasted countless taxpayer dollars, all in an effort to prop up her political career.” He called the investigation into his business “a disgrace to the legal system, an affront to New York State taxpayers, and a violation of the solemn rights and protections afforded by the United State Constitution,” adding: “If there was any question in my mind, the raid of my home, Mar-a-Lago, on Monday by the FBI, just two days prior to this deposition, wiped out any uncertainty. I have absolutely no choice because the current Administration and many prosecutors in this Country have lost all moral and ethical bounds of decency.”
Which is an incredible turn of events given what Trump has said about taking the Fifth in the past, like that only “the mob takes the Fifth” and “if you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth?”