Trump invokes Fifth Amendment in N.Y. AG’s civil probe of his business practices

Former President Donald Trump said he invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination Wednesday during a deposition before lawyers from New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office in its probe into the Trump Organization’s business practices.

James’ office is considering whether to file a civil suit against Trump and his company and has said in court filings that it has “uncovered substantial evidence establishing numerous misrepresentations” in Trump’s financial statements to banks, insurers and the IRS.

The financial statements were inflated by hundreds of millions of dollars and signed off on by the former president, James has alleged.

NBC Trump invokes Fifth Amendment in N.Y. AG’s civil probe of his business practices