Liberal New York Attorney General Letitia James was recently captured smirking while Donald Trump Jr. appeared on the stand during former President Donald Trump’s trial. For several weeks, Trump has fought a fraud case against the Trump Organization, where he and his two sons are defendants.
During recent proceedings, cameras recorded AG James giving a smug facial expression as Don Jr. was set to speak. It’s not a secret that James has a history of opposition to the former Republican president, as she campaigned on prosecuting Trump before serving as attorney general.
Other key figures in the New York trial, such as Judge Engoron, have demonstrated similar conduct to James’ smugness. Last month, Engoron was seen posing for a camera with a large smile and lackadaisical shrug. Both Engoron and James have been accused of operating under political bias throughout the case.
Trump Lawyer Alina Habba recently blasted Letitia James for the alleged bias, claiming that if she were fair, she would dismiss the case and focus her efforts on other more critical initiatives. Habba explains that James’ former campaign based around the prosecution of Trump is evidence of her underlying motivations with the case.
“Mrs. James wanted a headline. 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, and she should really dismiss this case, it’s making her look bad, frankly, and the city needs her attention elsewhere,” Habba said.
The member of Trump’s legal counsel has been highly vocal about her concerns over James and the broader trial, which Habba maintains is a “politically motivated witch hunt” against her client. The Trump lawyer further denounced the attorney general’s “self-interested mission” while New York City is in shambles.
“She is only there on high-profile days. She does not come any other day. But she’s been there so much while the city is falling apart. But it’s quite telling as to what her priorities are as attorney general. And when you take that oath of office, your priority should not be yourself. Your priority should not be your politics. And it should not be trying to achieve a self-interested mission. It should be about taking care of the city.”
“What we see is a politically-motivated AG, who said she was going to get Trump and has been sitting there on the sidelines, like she’s eating popcorn watching the show. And it’s disturbing,” Habba added. “Again, it just goes to point this is a politically-motivated witch hunt, my clients would call it and, and her behavior is incredibly telling,” she stated.
Habba has also criticized Judge Engoron, who recently issued a controversial gag order on Trump. The lawyer claims Engoron’s conduct has been dismissive of Trump, citing instances where the judge refused to allow Trump to complete his testimony.
“Engoron would just cut him off, and tell him, ‘No, no, no, no, I don’t want to hear it,’” she said “That was the frustration and my client was definitely frustrated. And as his advocate and lawyer, I spoke up and I said, ‘You need to listen to what the President has to say — he has a right to explain what he did, you can’t cut him off.’ And he said, ‘I’m not here to listen to what he has to say. Sit down!’ and slammed the table twice.”
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