Multiple outlets are reporting that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen will plead the Fifth Amendment “in connection with all proceedings” in the Stormy Daniels case.
Cohen asserted his protection against self-incrimination in a filing with the California district court hearing the porn star’s defamation lawsuit.
The Hill reports:
“Based on the advice of counsel, I will assert my 5th amendment rights in connection with all proceeding in this case due to the ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York,” Cohen said in a court filing Wednesday.
Cohen said the FBI raids earlier this month on his residence, office and hotel room — and the ongoing criminal probe they represent — are behind the decision not to offer testimony in the California lawsuit.
JUST IN: Michael Cohen formally states that he will assert his 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination in Stormy Daniels’ civil case in California due to the ongoing criminal investigation against him in New York. https://t.co/20IadXjivo pic.twitter.com/11OQk3OVuT
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) April 25, 2018
“The mob takes the Fifth,” Trump told a campaign crowd in Iowa in September 2016. “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” https://t.co/jiwJ68j25k
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) April 25, 2018