Trump attorney Alina Habba plans to file for a mistrial in New York’s civil fraud trial against the former president, but warns New York Attorney General Letitia James campaigned on her client.
While James routinely speaks out against Trump, Habba said she’s not allowed to discuss the fact that she believes the judge in the trial, Justice Arthur Engoron, and his clerk are “compromised” because she’s been “gagged.”
“I can tell you that we’ll be filing papers to address all of those issues,” she told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” adding that she intends to move for a mistrial “very soon.”
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“The fact that, frankly, Maria, I can’t even discuss it with you, and I’m his spokeswoman, I’m his attorney, says a lot about the state of our judicial system right now,” she said.
The clerk in question has made donations to the Democrats and the same judge who issued the gag order against Donald Trump and his attorney is the one who decides if he will recuse himself or if there is a mistrial, Habba explained.
“It’s concerning when he is the arbiter and the decision-maker of some of these issues,” she said.
“These accusations that he overvalued assets, what kind of third-party people did you have or did Donald Trump have in terms of doing their own evaluation?” Bartiromo asked. “Because, I mean, when you go to get deals, you have to get auditors to okay the valuations that you put in, right? Did you have auditors to do that?”
An accounting firm put together a compilation, Habba confirmed, and there was a “disclaimer.”
“The disclaimer is very important,” she said. “Remember, there was nobody harmed. These are sophisticated lenders — Deutsche Bank, major, major establishments with all kinds of regulations.”
“They weren’t harmed, they were paid on time, they were paid with interest, they made money,” Habba said. “But Letitia James is putting her nose into private companies and private individuals’ work, which is not what is meant to happen.”
“And the law that she’s using is a consumer fraud law, so that she can establish some way to have control, to not have a jury, to do certain things in this case that are nonsensical and shouldn’t be happening,” Habba continued. “And we have been fighting it all along the way. The problem we have is the judge is the one that’s going make those decisions, and he’s proven himself to be quite motivated by the other side.”
Trump’s children, who were forced to testify, were “not involved” in the situation, she said.
“I believe that when they crafted this complaint, they looked at their titles, and they looked at frankly, PR, and if you patch in the kids, it’s more days that Letitia James can go out there and speak, it’s more press for her, and it’s more of an impact,” Habba stated.
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“Radical left liberals don’t really care about facts, they don’t care about law,” she said. “They care about making statements, and these kids did nothing wrong. They should not be in this case.”
“Ivanka is out of the case,” she added. “The boys should not be in the case. Their testimony was direct. And they want to make it as if there was some sort of corruption and some sort of conspiracy. There was none.”
Again, Habba stressed that “no one was harmed.”
“But Mrs. James wanted a headline,” Habba said. “She campaigned on this, remember, before she was even the attorney general. That’s how she got the attorney general role. She campaigned on Trump, so she had to follow through.”
“She should really dismiss this case,” Habba added. “It’s making her look bad, frankly, and the city needs her attention elsewhere.”
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