Aug 13, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Trump lawyer says FBI search was Democrats' attempt to spin up "drama"

Trump lawyer Alina Habba
Trump's lawyer Alina Habba, leaves Manhattan Supreme Court on April 25. Photo: Molly Crane Newman/New York Daily News/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Former President Trump's lawyer told Fox News Friday that the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago home was an attempt to spin up negative attention that the probe into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has failed to generate.

Driving the news: “In my opinion, the Jan. 6 ratings — the show of Jan. 6 — hasn't been going so well,” said Alina Habba, an attorney for Trump on Friday's episode of "Jesse Watters Primetime." “They needed a little drama, so they throw this out there.”

What she’s saying: Habba also questioned why Judge Bruce Reinhart was allowed to sign off on the search warrant.

  • “They go to the judge that had recused himself in my Hillary [Clinton] case a month ago,” Habba said. “I would like to know why he recused himself in that case, but then he was able to sign this warrant. I want to know that.”

Catch up quick: The FBI removed 11 sets of classified information from Trump’s property earlier this week, including some marked as "top secret."

  • A warrant authorizing the search released on Friday indicates the DOJ is looking into whether Trump violated the Espionage Act and other federal laws governing the handling of classified documents.
  • Trump and his allies have tried to cast the search as politically motivated, and the latest attempt by his political opponents to undercut him ahead of a potential run for the presidency in 2024.

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