“I once asked, ‘If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?’” Trump said in his statement. “Now I know the answer to that question.”
Trump added, “When your family, your company, and all the people in your orbit have become the targets of an unfounded, politically motivated Witch Hunt supported by lawyers, prosecutors, and the Fake News Media, you have no choice.”
In the statement, Trump also made disparaging comments about James and violent crime in New York state.
Trump attempted to link the state attorney general’s investigation to Monday’s FBI search of his Florida home Mar-a-Lago, which represented an escalation in a federal probe into whether he illegally removed records from the White House as he left office in January 2021.
Trump agreed in June to testify in the three-year investigation, but only after court decisions rejecting his argument that he should not have to do so because the probe was politically motivated.
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