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Trump’s attorney told New York AG she was searching Mar-a-Lago for documents — six days before DOJ subpoena
Trump’s attorney told New York AG she searched Mar-a-Lago’s office, closets and drawers for documents — six days before Mar-a-Lago’s subpoena to find classified files — so what else did she find ?
- Alina Habba told a New York court that she personally searched Donald Trump’s “desks, drawers, nightstands, dressers, closets” on May 5.
- 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 subpoena Trump in a separate investigation into his handling of classified documents sought by the National Archives
- Habba’s file resurfaced after Justice Department accused Trump and his lawyers of deliberately hiding top secret documents from them
Alina Habba is an attorney who represents Trump in multiple 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 had searched his home in Mar-a-Lago for documents — less than a week before the Justice Department subpoenaed him in an investigation into his handling of highly classified documents.
While the investigations are separate, the revelation that Alina Habba conducted a “diligent” search in Trump’s office raises new questions about the extent of exposure other people had to classified government files the ex-president kept in his Florida home. .
A new court filing on Tuesday sheds light on what the Justice Department recovered when it raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago mansion earlier this month. Files revealed that the government discovered he was in possession of highly sensitive information, some of which came from human sources.
Another lawyer for the former president signed a statement in June claiming that no classified documents had been left on the property following a visit by Justice Department investigators.
That was undermined during the August 8 raid, when officials said FBI agents had retrieved double the number of classified documents they had received at the June meeting.
It has gained a lot of new scrutiny over a months-old lawsuit in Trump’s New York case that was brought up again by… Politics on Wednesday.
In it, Habba claimed that she searched for Trump Organization financial documents in many of the same places the Justice Department would later describe in finding top secret documents.
Habba told a New York court she was searching Mar-a-Lago for documents related to Attorney General James’ subpoena
Habba had signed a document swearing she was seeking papers related to a subpoena from New York Attorney General Letitia James — whose office alleges Trump has knowingly used misleading financial statements in his business deals for more than a decade.
The attorney said in the May 5 file that they were in “all desks, drawers, nightstands, dressers, closets, etc.” had looked.
Prosecutors revealed on Tuesday that Trump’s offices were one of the places secret files were found, in addition to “both the storage room and the former president’s office.”
But it’s not yet clear whether Habba came across any of the top-secret data the Justice Department had sought in their separate investigation.
The Justice Department’s recent filing suggests the pages were easily distinguishable from others because they “had colored cover pages indicating their classification status.”
The May 5 court file resurfaced after it was revealed Tuesday that some of the spots Habba has searched appear to contain highly classified documents recovered by the FBI during the Mar-a-Lago raid earlier this month.
Habba eventually told a New York state court that she had not found the financial documents James was looking for.
That May 5 filing in the Empire State also included an affidavit from Trump himself that he “authorized Alina Habba to search my private residence and personal office at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida for any documents that were responsive.” to be. to the subpoena.’
Six days later, the Justice Department subpoenaed their 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 frustrated with Trump and his legal team’s slow document retrieval process.
Tuesday’s filing indicates that the Justice Department believed Trump was deliberately hiding the documents from the federal government — ultimately leading to their retrieval via an unannounced search.