September 26, 2022

ALTERNATIVE SPYING? Trump attorney likens espionage to “mundane” crime

ALTERNATIVE SPYING? Trump attorney likens espionage to "mundane" crime

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The joke circulating frequently on Twitter these days says it all: MAGA, the quip goes, stands for Making Attorneys Get Attorneys. With the Justice Department’s investigation into the highly classified documents that Donald Trump brought to his Mar-A-Lago resort, that humorous interpretation of the ex-president’s signature slogan rings truer than ever.

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Being an attorney for Donald Trump comes with the built-in hazard of potential future indictment — as Michael Cohen, Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Sydney Powell, and many others have already discovered.

While most of those listed above have earned their own criminal legal exposure in conjunction with Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential elections, now the lawyers involved in Trump’s stolen documents defense, as well as in his civil suit over tax fraud in New York State, are feeling the heat as well.

Take, for instance, Alina Habba, a Trump attorney who has been representing him in New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation of his potential financial crimes.

While Habba hasn’t been representing Trump in the matter of his stolen classified documents, she felt confident enough to comment on the case during an appearance on The Charlie Kirk Show on the Real America’s Voice network, despite the fact that she figures prominently into the mystery surrounding the handling of the top-secret documents.

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Only a Trump attorney and dedicated Republican sycophant would categorize espionage as a “mundane” crime, leading to much mockery of Habba’s comments on social media today.

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Habba may not find the bandying of espionage charges quite so pedestrian once she realizes her exposure to investigation in the case of the stolen documents.

You see, as part of her work in the New York tax fraud civil case for Trump, Habba “told a New York State court that on May 5, she conducted a search of Trump’s private residence and office at Mar-a-Lago that was so “diligent” it included “all desks, drawers, nightstands, dressers, closets, etc.,” according to an article in POLITICO.

That was only six days before the Justice Department issued its subpoena to recover the classified material that it believed that Trump was still holding on to.

Indeed, Habba’s filing in the New York court indicates that Trump “authorized Alina Habba to search my private residence and personal office located at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida for any and all documents responsive to the Subpoena.”  She also claims to have made a similar sweep of Trump’s other residences, including his Bedminster, New Jersey resort.

According to POLITICO:

“The filing submitted to the New York AG’s office raises key questions in relation to the separate Mar-a-Lago probe, chiefly, whether Habba ended up handling any of the documents that DOJ later discovered at Trump’s club; and, if so, whether she has the clearance to have done so. In her sworn affidavit, Habba said that she searched many of the locations that would later be scrutinized by the FBI during its Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago — and where investigators say they uncovered a significant volume of highly classified government secrets. The documents, those investigators stated, “had colored cover sheets indicating their classification status” making clear their significance.”

It’s little wonder that Habba downplays espionage as a “mundane” charge. She may be soon involved in an espionage case as, at the very least, a witness.

In fact, the very idea that someone like Alina Habba — a partisan attorney with a background in “corporate litigation and formation, commercial real estate (transactional and litigation), family law, the financial services industry and construction-related matters,” according to her firm’s website — could gain access to our nation’s most closely guarded secrets, including, potentially, nuclear secrets, without being fully vetted for security clearance is the very reason that Trump’s possession of these documents is so problematic to begin with.

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Trump may have violated many criminal statutes in the course of his presidency and in his life before and after that dismal period in our nation’s history, but at least he has managed to keep the legal profession in full employment due to his activities.

If he ever pays them, that is.

Now let’s see some “mundane” prosecution to go with his “mundane” crime.

Original reporting by Kyle Cheney at POLITICO.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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