Talking Points Memo tweeted Wednesday that Trump attorney Michael Cohen will plead the Fifth Amendment in the Stormy Daniels suit; nothing too shocking there.
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) April 25, 2018
Rep. Ted Lieu took that to mean the raid on Cohen’s office, home, and hotel room were “absolutely right.”
Decision to take the Fifth Amendment by @realDonaldTrump lawyer Michael Cohen is powerful confirmation that the US Attorney's Office for SDNY was absolutely right in executing searches of Cohen under the crime-fraud exception to the attorney-client privilege. https://t.co/ikZfzSVPvw
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 25, 2018
Why, because Cohen said he’d plead the Fifth?
Do you even Constitution bro? https://t.co/m2BXduR6ep
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 26, 2018
This is wrong, wrong, wrong. https://t.co/VVf4vzFq5p
— David French (@DavidAFrench) April 26, 2018
This is awful, creeping authoritarianism. https://t.co/SIsvVcoPJA
— Randy Butternubs (@travis140char) April 26, 2018
BREAKING: Local attorney exercises his constitutional rights. https://t.co/8PyLMZVp22
— Brand Eaden (@884REAL) April 26, 2018
That’s not how it works, that’s not how any of this works! https://t.co/Dy2uy35Dx4
— Chet Manley (@WWSwagger) April 26, 2018
Congressman, expected better if you. 5th Am is in the Constitution for a reason. https://t.co/3Vlwre4W4F
— Fulliautomatix (@Fulliautomtx) April 26, 2018
This man is sworn to uphold the Constitution. https://t.co/IHd5tfjOdf
— Cale Ehrlich (@CaleEhrlich) April 26, 2018
I’m embarrassed to have gone to the same law school as this asshat. https://t.co/elIUPJ60hH
— Breathtaking Inanity (@breathtkinan) April 26, 2018
pleading the fifth is not an admission of guilt and i feel like a congressman should know that ¯_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/ZHUUvSjiUI
— Sean (@theseanmcgee) April 26, 2018
Really disagree with this across-the-board assumption that pleading the fifth automatically proves your guilt. Especially coming from @tedlieu who is a lawyer. Griffin error anyone? https://t.co/2PnXyHyfdi
— Ashley Mahmoudian (@ASMahmoudian) April 26, 2018
So we can just assume everyone on Team Hillary was guilty then, right? https://t.co/4UY1e7Td0x
— WhigsnTwigs (@WhigsnTwigs) April 26, 2018
Cohen may be fully guilty here, but exercising a Constitutional right is not evidence of that guilt or confirmation of anything and a Congressman should know that. https://t.co/0UGqvAyeDa
— Justin Kinney (@justinr_kinney) April 26, 2018
No sir, taking the fifth means one does their job as a DA and prove his guilt, not get a free pass because anything, let me repeat, ANYTHING a person says to any government official can be used against them in a court of law. https://t.co/OyLSA8G1Am
— John O'Hara (@KeoniPolitics) April 26, 2018
According to this leftist Congressman, pleading the 5th is both an admission of guilt and a disqualifier for due process. In the real world people, especially attorneys, plead the 5th as a matter of practicality. After all it's up to the State to prove guilt.
1. @MichaelCohen212 has a Twitter account; looks a bit silly to tag Trump when you're mentioning Cohen.
2. Pleading the Fifth, not 'taking', doesn't imply guilt.
If you say anything to federal authorities and make a slight mistake, you can get prosecuted for lying.
You're dumb https://t.co/l1kOOFsm69
— Centrist Panther (@CentristPanther) April 26, 2018
Casting individuals who opt to exercise their Fifth Amendment as inherently guilty is wrong.
It was wrong when Trump suggested it and it is wrong when Lieu suggests it, regardless of who chooses to do so. https://t.co/ya2rWrwSmq
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) April 26, 2018
One thing I absolutely despise about 2018 politics is this wave of otherwise moderately dependable "liberals" losing their minds in the Trump hysteria.
Taking the 5th is NOT an indication of guilt and acting that way when it's politically advantageous endangers defendants. https://t.co/9RhsjBuVRs
— Chris ? (@ChristheBearded) April 26, 2018
This is a political statement, not a legal one. https://t.co/2tBepIwoaA
— Joseph Ashby (@JosephAshbyShow) April 26, 2018
Exactly, which is pretty much what Lieu admitted when he responded to Shapiro’s tweet:
The Fifth Amendment protects defendants in a court of law. It does not protect a person in the court of public opinion. Do you read the Constitution differently?
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 26, 2018
Senator has no idea how constitution works. He does, however, know how the court of public opinion works. https://t.co/f2EweIGmcb
— Felipe (@PXM_2_SD) April 26, 2018
We find Lieu guilty of playing to his base.
Rep. Ted Lieu forced to delete 'CREEPY AND INAPPROPRIATE' tweet to Kyle Kashuv https://t.co/oGwu7YrGSM
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 16, 2018