In the midst of Donald Trump’s ongoing civil fraud trial, the former president’s attorney Alina Habba spoke to the press on Tuesday about a testy exchange with Judge Arthur F. Engoron, who Habba claimed was attempting to silence the president.
Habba, speaking with Fox Business host Larry Kudlow, expressed her view that the judge was attempting to silence Trump to prevent him from providing explanations that could potentially undermine the case against him.
“Frankly, I can’t even say it was with the judge and I… I’m very polite, I’m very professional when I’m in the courtroom, but the judge did not like him finishing or explaining because it wasn’t good for his case. He is interfering. He made his decision, let’s not forget that, Larry. He made a decision on summary judgment. He found liability already,” Habba said.
The legal dispute stems from allegations by Democratic Attorney General Letitia James of New York, who sued Trump in September 2022. James accused Trump of inflating the value of his real estate holdings to secure loans.
“We’re wasting all this time, and he won’t even let the president, who is the person they’re trying to get to, explain why he certified to certain values,” Habba continued. “Why? Because the minute he starts to explain it, it ruins their case. He was worth more than his statement of financial conditions, and Miss James, her politics are not allowing to backtrack. She needs a PR team, I’m telling you.”
Habba also highlighted the undervaluation of Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida estate, in Engoron’s ruling, which experts have suggested could be worth over $250 million.
“We are obviously going to move to completely dismiss this case. There should be a mistrial based on some of the things you mentioned today that I can’t talk about,” Habba added. “There should be a mistrial here. Bias in general, I’ll say. There is a judicial code of ethics. Those ethics extend to the entire courtroom and when you violate the rules of judicial ethics there need to be certain things that hold you accountable.”
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