A lawyer for Donald Trump has unwittingly admitted that the former president “frequently” had guests in the room where top secret papers were found.
Alina Habba, in an interview with Fox News, said, “I’m someone who’s been in his office. I have first hand knowledge. I have never seen that. That’s not what his office looks like. There are often guests.
She was responding to the first image of documents – seized from Mr Trump’s residence – and released by the Justice Department.
The photo shows documents strewn on the floor with words like “secret” and “top secret” written on them.
The former president accused the department of staged the photo.
Ms Habba’s comment drew criticism from political pundits and the public. One said: “Now the dumb legal adviser is pointing out that Trump ‘frequently has guests’ in his office – you know, that place where feds found top secret documents.”
Meanwhile, she also admitted in May this year that she searched the former president’s home in Florida, looking for documents in response to a separate legal case.
Ms Habba told a New York state court that on May 5 she conducted a search of Mr Trump’s private residence and office in Mar-a-Lago, which was so “diligent” that it included “all desks, drawers, bedside tables, chests of drawers, cupboards, etc. .” She said she was seeking documents in response to a subpoena issued by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is investigating matters related to the Trump Organization.
The release of the photo came amid a late filing by lawyers with the Department of Justice from the Florida court where Mr Trump filed a lawsuit demanding the appointment of a special master to review the charges. documents taken by FBI agents and determine if any are protected by executive privilege.
In their filing accompanying the photo, the Justice Department also revealed for the first time that Mr. Trump or his associates were likely also being investigated for obstruction of justice.
. Lawyer Trump admits by inadvertently ex-president had frequently of guests in room where of documents top secrets have been found