While it may be within his right to invoke the Fifth Amendment to refuse to answer Mueller’s questions, as president of the US, Trump has a duty to ensure that the truth is delivered, always, argues The Washington Post’s editorial board. The amendment upholds the right not to self-incriminate, but if Trump is as innocent as he has repeatedly said, he should have nothing to fear from sharing the truth. Past presidents didn’t invoke it due to their sense of duty. The American people deserve to finally know what exactly happened between Trump and the Russian government. To bring Mueller’s investigation to an end, Trump should be truthful.
Invoking the Fifth Amendment is not an admission of guilt, writes Nick Gillespie of Reason. Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Trump has already gone too far. His strategy of catching individuals, such as Michael Flynn, for the lies they tell him, rather than their original crimes is an example of the prosecution having too much power. If Mueller questions Trump, the president should use his right not to incriminate himself. The FBI should find incriminating evidence on its own and not force suspects into such traps. This ends up with people like Flynn getting charged for things that had nothing to do with the original investigation.