On Sunday, a member of former President Donald Trump’s lawyers called for Special Counsel Jack Smith to be investigated, saying that all the charges against the former president amount to “theatrics.”
Alina Habba, an attorney for Trump and his primary legal spokeswoman amid his recent indictments, made the statements while appearing on “Fox News Sunday” with host Shannon Bream. She argued that the charges against Trump are only an attempt to “tie him up” before the 2024 presidential election.
“We’re not concerned because we know the facts of the cases, which I can’t get into, obviously, for privileged reasons, but I can tell you that it’s to tie him up,” Habba told Bream. “It’s definitely political. The motivation [of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis] is now under investigation by Jim Jordan for, and I believe Jack Smith should be investigated as well.”
Habba added that Trump intends to push back the dates for the trials, which are currently scheduled for early 2024. Willis has requested that Trump’s trial for her case begin as early as this fall.
“These trial dates also are going to move. It’s unrealistic. It’s theatrics, and no judge is going to say that you can be on two trials at once in two different states, because a lot of these overlap,” Habba said. “They look at the start date of the trial, but these are four- to six-week trials at the least. So there’s no way they’re not going to overlap. I mean, they’re gonna have to go into October, November of next year, again, by design.”
Habba’s appearance came just days after the former president surrendered to authorities in Georgia and submitted to a mugshot, which prompted a massive campaign donation spree for Trump, garnering him over $7 million since Thursday.
The indictment out of Georgia was Trump’s fourth and makes him the first former president in United States history to face criminal charges.
He was first charged in March out of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation, related to alleged hush-money payments made during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump was charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first degree and pleaded not guilty to all of them.
Trump was later indicted by Smith on charges relating to the mishandling of classified documents. Trump pleaded not guilty to all 37 felony charges out of that probe and pleaded not guilty as well on charges relating to the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, which the former president also pleaded not guilty to.
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