Trump Has the Right to Remain Silent

2018-01-11 – People are complaining that President Trump seems to be backtracking on his earlier commitment to talk to special counsel Robert Mueller under oath. They say that presidents are not immune from being called to testify. And that is true. Presidents may be called to testify. Just ask Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon. (Well, you don’t have to actually ask Richard Nixon. He won’t answer you. He’s dead.)

While there is no presidential privileged, however, there is a privilege that we all have. Under the fifth amendment of the Constitution, none of us may be compelled to be a witness against ourselves. Donald Trump has this right, just like the rest of us.

It’s a juicy thought to ponder Robert Mueller reading Suspect Donald Trump is rights:

“You have the right to remain silent [sir]. Anything you say [sir] can be used against you [including tweets]. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one [ha], one will be appointed to you by the court. With these rights in mind [sir], are you still willing to talk with me about the charges against you?”

Well, this probably would not occur. Miranda rights are only read when a suspect is taken into . . . custody.

Another juicy thought to ponder.

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