Michael Cohen to Invoke 5th Am. in Stormy Daniels Case

Trump attorney Michael Cohen has asked the judge presiding over Stormy Daniels civil lawsuit to stay proceedings in the case because he is the subject of a criminal investigation by the FBI and Southern District of New York, as he would invoke his 5th Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. His Declaration is here.

2. On Apri l 9, 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBT") executed 6 three search warrants on my residence, office and hotel room, respectively, without any prior notice. During the corresponding raids, the FBI seized various electronic 8 devices and documents in my possession, which contain information relating to the $130,000 payment to Plaintiff Stephanie Clifford at the center of this case, and my communications with counsel, Brent Blakely, relating to this action.

The Washington Post correctly states:

It is not uncommon for defendants facing both civil liability and criminal prosecution to request a pause in civil proceedings to avoid giving sworn testimony and producing documents that could prove incriminating.

However, it also points out that when Clinton aides invoked their Fifth Amendment privilege over the email server, Trump saw things a little differently:

“The mob takes the Fifth,” Trump said at one campaign rally. “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”

And then there's Trump himself taking the Fifth 97 times during his deposition in his divorce case with Ivana.

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    Colbert (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 25, 2018 at 09:09:39 PM EST
    Calls Cohen "a sad neck with hair".

    I don't see cheering up in his future.

    There are no more words (none / 0) (#2)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Apr 26, 2018 at 07:48:45 AM EST
    To use to start a post about Trump that aren't completely worn out.

    I was watching Morning Joe and during their Avenatti segment, Trump got on Fox and Friends and said that Michael Cohen only represented him in a tiny tiny fraction of his legal affairs (so casting doubt on attorney client privilege), then said that Cohen did represent him in this crazy Stormy Daniels thing. So what he said before, that Cohen did all this Stormy stuff alone of his own volition, isn't true?

    Yep (none / 0) (#3)
    by Yman on Thu Apr 26, 2018 at 07:52:15 AM EST
    Avenatti's gotta be in heaven.  Trump's mouth is the gift that keeps on giving.