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Alina Habba, an attorney for former President Donald Trump, said that the possibility of Trump serving time in prison is “not even something we think about.”
When Carl Higbie of Newsmax asked Habba if Trump could go to jail for breaking one of the gag orders, she said, “He’s protected by Secret Service, period. So, I always tell people when they’re panicked, “Listen, he’s protected by Secret Service, number one. Number two, he did nothing wrong.” So, when people go to jail it’s because they’ve done something wrong. Do we have crooked situations in and out of court? Absolutely. Could they try? Probably, but it won’t work because there is still trial process, there is still facts, and unfortunately they’re not going to win on the facts.”
She added: “Secret Service will always protect President Trump. That’s the truth, they have to wherever he is, but it’s not even something we think about, to be honest, because this is all political. It’s really not— there’s no criminal acts that he’s done. There’s no civil wrongs that he’s done, unless making money for banks is a civil wrong all of a sudden.”
“Orange man bad,” responded Higbie, to which Habba said, “It’s Trump derangement syndrome at its best. I’m not worried about him, he’s not worried, and the American public shouldn’t be worried.”
In both the civil fraud case and the federal election obstruction case, Trump has been issued a gag order.
In his civil fraud case, Trump was fined $10,000 last week for breaking the gag order. While this was going on, on Sunday, D.C. Judge Tanya Chutkan reinstated a gag order preventing Trump from attacking court staffers and witnesses, prompting the former president to lash out against Chutkan on Truth Social.
During an interview last month on Fox News, Habba spoke about the indictments against Trump and how they believe the trial dates—two of them scheduled to begin in March 2024, in the middle of the GOP primary—are aimed at hurting Trump’s campaign.
“We’re prepared. From here we actually get to litigate the case, which as an attorney I look forward to, I know our legal team does as well, to get to take our own turn at looking at all of the information and our own turn to put our side out, which is something that everybody needs to remember hasn’t happened as of yet. Four indictments are simply that, an indictment, which is just one-sided B.S., for a lack of a better word, on their political scheme to interfere with the leading candidate for president,” Habba said.
Hegseth followed up and asked: “So, Alina, this is all ridiculous. It’s all a circus. It’s all meant to interfere with the timeline of the election process. That’s a given. So these questions sort of come with that sense of how it’s — but if you are planning for Georgia, the D.C. timeline was just set for March 4th, as you know, the day before Super Tuesday, much sooner than your team had anticipated. What do you anticipate for a timeline down in Atlanta? How quickly will they try to push this, in your sense, and how will you push back?”
Habba then really sounded off, saying, “Let’s be clear. The Jack Smiths and the Fani Willises and the D.A. Braggs and the Letitia Jameses, if they could have it their way, would have all trials the same week. It’s unrealistic, it’s ridiculous, and it’s obvious. So what I think is happening is the judges will have to fight it amongst themselves. You cannot have one defendant in multiple cases.”
“But if you do look at the timeline as you mentioned, every single event, every single event from the indictment to the rushed grand jury, years after the events took place when they didn’t need to rush it, they could have had it two years ago, every single thing says very clearly, Joe Biden doesn’t know what he is doing in office, so let’s distract America so that all we talk about is President Trump and these hoaxes. That’s really all they are. So we are going to obviously argue that it’s impossible for one person to be in four different places. We’re going to argue that this is election interference,” Habba added.
“And then we will take a look at each individual person and say, ‘You ran for office based on the fact that you said you would get Trump, and so did you and so did you, and now we need our Constitution and due process to step in and do its part.’ If we don’t have fair judges, unfortunately, we won’t get this. So, we have a great team, I love our legal team right now. I feel strong, and the president feels strong. We will take each one head-on,” she continued.
“It is amazing when you look at it—Hunter Biden problem, indictment. Hunter Biden problem: add charges to the indictment. Hunter Biden problem, indictment again,” Hegseth said.
“When do we set the trial date? Iowa caucuses. How about we do it the day before Super Tuesday? I’ve never seen anything like it. Of course, it’s totally unprecedented. And the way you put it together, it is election interference. Keep us updated on what you’re seeing,” he added.