By MORGAN PHILLIPS
Donald Trump attorney Alina Habba celebrated a judge lifting a gag order on her client as she accused New York Attorney General Letitia James of ‘extortion’ and ‘fighting for Deutsche Bank.’
The fiery Trump attorney said the former president will not be ‘sad’ if he can’t do business in New York when the trial is over, but insists the Trump Organization did ‘no harm.’
Meanwhile Habba tamped down speculation that the case could be nearing a plea deal.
‘It would be very difficult position for me to advise my client at this point to pay for what is effectively extortion,’ Habba told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview. ‘Letitia James is fighting for Deutsche Bank.’
The attorney general has claimed that the Trump Organization used Deutsche Bank, its single largest credit lender, by inflating the value of Trump’s companies to secure favorable loans for his hotels.
‘What harm did the Trump Organization do? They have created 1,000 jobs. They pay hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes … they have single handedly changed the skyline of the city,’ she went on.
The penalty for Trump could be to bar him from doing business in New York.
‘I don’t think he’ll be so sad to leave at this point,’ Habba said of her client. ‘I know he has good memories of it. I just don’t think the city is what it was.’
Judge Arthur Engoron rejected Trump’s demands for a mistrial last week after his lawyers argued that Engoron had showed political bias. The Trump team had cited Engoron’s close consultation with his law clerk Allison Greenfield, along with his posting articles about the case in a high school alumni newsletter.
But an appeals court did at least temporarily lift a gag order that Engoron imposed on Trump and his legal team, due to threats primarily against Greenfield.
‘The appellate division saw this for what this was – it was an unconstitutional exercise of a gag order without due process.’
Habba said she and her team face constant threats too.
‘Death threats are a normal part of my life at this point,’ she told DailyMail.com. ‘It just is what it is and that’s okay. Because that’s part of being in front of the camera, and I’m not going to go blame Jack Smith and Letitia James.’
A member of the Trump team shared a death threat against Habba from a man in prison for rape, harassment and stalking.
‘If you do not get authorities to investigate the information I provided you, then I when I get out of jail I will come and kill your f***ing a**,’ wrote the prisoner Brian Gann.
Habba brushed off the threats and said added security precautions just come with the job.
‘Think about the people that are doing that at two o’clock on a weekday, you know, they’re trolls.’
She also slammed Hunter Biden’s ‘ridiculous’ request to subpoena Trump in the case against the president’s son for tax and gun crimes.
‘I’m not sure why Hunter would want to draw more attention to this terrible case where he committed his actions were done solely by himself,’ Habba said.