CNN’s Don Lemon and former President Donald Trump’s attorney Alina Habba sparred on Monday over the Mar-a-Lago document investigation and Trump’s indictment.
Habba, who is not representing Trump in his indictment in Manhattan, briefly spoke about the matter, calling it a “bunch of garbage,” while Lemon argued that no one knows what Trump is being charged with because the indictment is still sealed.
Lemon then brought up a new report from The Washington Post, which said the Justice Department found new evidence allegedly showing Trump obstructed the investigation into classified documents found at his private residence in August. The department reportedly argues that Trump “personally examined at least some of those boxes.”
“Do you know whether he reviewed certain classified documents after receiving the subpoena?” Lemon asked.
“No, I have nothing to do with that case. I do not know,” Habba said. (RELATED: Dana Bash Presses Trump Lawyer Over Claims Of Biased Judge)
“You don’t know if he – because you actually looked through some of the documents, correct?”
“No, that’s inaccurate,” Habba responded. “I did a search for the attorney general case. You’re confusing the facts.”
“Well, if you looked at the office in the residence, and you did not see any documents?”
“No, I wasn’t looking for classified documents, no. And I think you could read my affidavit. It’s public record. No, I was looking for tax documents on another garbage case by Letitia James,” Habba said.
“Okay, so in response to a request for a separate legal matter for the attorney general, Letitia James, that you just brought up,” Lemon said, “You swore that on May 5, 2022 that you diligently searched respondent’s personal office – meaning Donald Trump’s located at Mar-a-Lago – including all desks, drawers, file cabinets, etc. Six days later, the DOJ would subpoena Trump for classified documents. If you did a diligent search, Alina, wouldn’t you have seen the trove of classified documents that were eventually found there?”
“No, because if you look at the scope of what I did and what I was looking for, it was not classified documents, and it had nothing to do with this case. I was looking for tax documents,” Habba said.
“Okay, so even if they were there, you don’t think that you would have recognized them? Is that what you’re saying?”
“I don’t know,” Habba said. “But I know that I’m not in a deposition right now, and I’m not going to continue with this conversation.”