Trump’s attorney told New York AG she searched the office, cabinets and drawers in Mar-a-Lago for documents — six days before Mar-a-Lago was subpoenaed to find classified files — so what has she got found yet?
- Alina Habba told a New York court that on May 5 she personally searched Donald Trump’s “desks, drawers, bedside tables, dressers, closets.”
- That was for documents sought by New York Attorney General Letitia James in her civil investigation into the Trump Organization’s financial dealings
- Six days later, federal investigators subpoenaed Trump in a separate investigation into his handling of classified records sought by the National Archives
- Habba’s file resurfaced after the Justice Department accused Trump and his lawyers of intentionally withholding top-secret documents from them
Alina Habba is an attorney representing Trump in several cases, including the New York Attorney General’s civil investigation into his family’s real estate empire
A lawyer representing Donald Trump in a New York tax fraud investigation told a court she thoroughly searched his Mar-a-Lago home for documents less than a week before the Justice Department subpoenaed him over his handling of top-secret records.
Though the investigations are separate, the revelation that Alina Habba conducted a “diligent” search of Trump’s office raises new questions about the extent of other people’s exposure to top-secret government files the ex-president kept at his Florida home .
A new court filing on Tuesday sheds light on what the Justice Department recovered in a raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago mansion earlier this month. Files indicate the government determined he was in possession of highly sensitive information, some of which came from human sources.
Another attorney for the former president signed a statement in June assuring that no classified documents had been left at the property following a visit by Justice Department investigators.
That was undercut during the Aug. 8 raid, when officials said FBI agents found twice as many classified documents as they received during the June meeting.
It’s a fresh look at a months-old court filing in Trump’s New York case, resurfaced by Politico on Wednesday.
In it, Habba claimed she searched many of the same places for Trump Organization financial documents that the Justice Department would later describe finding top-secret documents.
Habba told a New York court that she searched Mar-a-Lago for documents related to Attorney General James’ subpoena
Habba had signed a document vowing that she had been looking for papers in connection with a subpoena from New York Attorney General Letitia James – whose office claims Trump has knowingly used misleading financial reports in his business statements for more than a decade.
The attorney said in the May 5 filing that she “looked through all the desks, drawers, bedside tables, dressers, closets, etc.”
Prosecutors announced Tuesday that Trump’s desks were among the locations where secret files were found, in addition to “both in the storage room and in the former president’s office.”
But it’s not yet clear if Habba uncovered any of the top-secret records the Justice Department was looking for in its separate investigation.
The Justice Department’s most recent filing suggests that the pages would have been easily distinguishable from others because they “had colored covers to indicate their classification status.”
The May 5 court filings resurfaced because Tuesday it was revealed that some of the locations where Habba had searched appeared to contain top secret documents seized by the FBI during its raid on Mar-a-Lago earlier this month
Eventually, Habba told a New York state court that she had not found the financial documents James was looking for.
That May 5 filing with the Empire State also included an affidavit from Trump himself that he “authorized Alina Habba to establish my private residence and personal office at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, according to all relevant Documents to search for subpoena.’
Six days later, the Justice Department served a subpoena in its separate investigation into his handling of classified documents requested by the National Archives.
It came at a time when investigators and officials at the National Archives were reportedly growing frustrated that Trump and his legal team have been slow to move forward with the document retrieval process.
Tuesday’s filing shows the Justice Department believed Trump purposely withheld the documents from the federal government — which ultimately led to their recovery through an unannounced search.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11165807/Trump-lawyer-Alina-Habba-New-York-attorney-general-subpoena.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Trump’s attorney told New York AG she searched Mar-a-Lago for documents six days before the Justice Department subpoena