Alina Habba, a lawyer representing former President Trump, criticized Special Counsel Jack Smith for his urgent appeal to the Supreme Court to address Trump’s federal 2020 election criminal case and assess his immunity defense.
In an interview highlighted by Mediaite, Habba suggested that the only perceived urgency stems from the upcoming November 2024 election, insinuating an attempt to hinder Trump’s potential candidacy.
Trump contends that he is shielded by presidential immunity from the indictment accusing him of criminal conspiracies to alter the 2020 election results. Smith argues that the Supreme Court should intervene before the D.C. Circuit issues its ruling, citing the imminent March 4 trial date.
The Supreme Court has expedited Trump’s response deadline to December 20, with a subsequent decision on whether to take up the case.
Habba asserted that the public can discern Smith’s motives, characterizing it as “election interference at its finest.” She suggested that, unable to defeat Trump at the ballot, there is an effort to employ tactics such as legal proceedings to impede him.
During an interview with Fox Business Network’s Larry Kudlow, Habba echoed the sentiment that Trump’s opponents aim to keep him off the campaign trail by subjecting him to a trial every day.
Kudlow and Habba agreed that this strategy may backfire, as it could garner sympathy for Trump, portraying him as a victim of election interference and “lawfare.”
Expressing confidence in the Supreme Court’s commitment to their role, Habba emphasized their dedication, especially in recent times.
The contention revolves around the perception of urgency, with Habba and Trump’s legal team framing it as a political maneuver to impact the upcoming election.