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Dem Sen Blumenthal: Trump Taking the 5th Would Be ‘A Staggering Admission of Criminal Liability’ – But He Is ‘Entitled’ to Do So


On Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) stated that while everyone has the right to invoke the Fifth Amendment, it would be “a staggering admission of criminal liability” if President Trump took the Fifth.

Blumenthal said, “We have to begin this conversation, as good lawyers do, by saying everybody’s entitled to the Fifth Amendment, and a judge will instruct a jury no adverse inference from it. But the American public knows that it is — for the president of the United States to take the Fifth Amendment is a staggering admission of criminal liability. It would be earth-shattering for the president of the United States.”

Blumenthal added that he would not advise the president not to take the Fifth.

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