Biden: If Trump Takes The Fifth, He is ‘Abdicating the Responsibility of the Presidency’ Biden: If Trump Takes The Fifth, He is ‘Abdicating the Responsibility of the Presidency’ – NTK Network

Biden: If Trump Takes The Fifth, He is ‘Abdicating the Responsibility of the Presidency’

"It's an abhorrent notion as a sitting president of the United States of America."

By NTK Staff | 02.08.2018 @12:35pm

Former Vice President Joe Biden said that if President Trump enacts his Fifth Amendment right when he meets with special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump would be “abdicating the responsibility of the presidency,” during an interview on Thursday.

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked Biden if the president could enact his Fifth Amendment right without suffering political harm.

It has been speculated that Trump might stay silent if he meets with Mueller about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The Fifth Amendment states that no person “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.”

“If the president took the Fifth, he is by definition, in my view, abdicating the responsibility of the presidency of the United States,” Biden told Mitchell. “The idea that the president of the United States says, ‘I take the Fifth, that I might incriminate myself’ is something that is of this consequence. You know, that to me is constitutionally permissible as an individual. It’s an abhorrent notion as a sitting president of the United States of America.”

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