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Alina Habba Taken Off Case Involving Former Trump Organization CFO

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Trump attorney and spokesperson Alina Habba has been removed from a case involving a former ranking official of the Trump Organization, reports noted earlier this week.

Newsweek, citing an April 7 court filing, reported that Habba “has been replaced by her ‘dear friend’ Armen Morian as the attorney representing Allen Weisselberg, a former chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, in an ongoing legal case.”

In addition to Habba, Morian is another attorney who has worked with former President Donald Trump for a long time.

On April 7, Weisselberg filed a notice to change attorneys with Judge Arthur Engoron, who presided over a civil fraud case against Trump and some of his associates brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

In remarks to Newsweek, Habba said the change was agreed upon mutually, confirming that she departed on good terms and described Morian as “a dear friend.”

Habba said the change in Weisselberg’s representation was mutually agreed confirming they’d departed on good terms, and described Morian as “a dear friend.”

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Referring to their respective law firms, Habba Madaio & Associates LLP and Morian Law PLLC, the filing stated: “IT IS HEREBY CONSENTED THAT MORIAN Law PLLC, 60 East 42nd Street, Suite 4600, New York, NY 10165, be substituted as counsel of record for Defendant, Allen Weisselberg, in place and stead of Habba Madaio & Associates LLP, 112 West 34th St, 17th & 18th Floors, New York, NY 10120.”

Habba and Morian both signed the document.

Regarding the civil fraud case, Habba taunted James during an interview with Jesse Watters on Fox News while expressing her satisfaction with the bond’s reduction from $454 million to $175 million.

“I hope she took a little piece of humble pie today because that’s what was served to her, just a little, but we’ll be serving a lot more of that in the next couple of years,” she said about the AG.

When Watters asked if James and Judge Engoron felt a little bit “ashamed” and “embarrassed,” Habba jokingly suggested that they would require them to have a “moral compass” and a “conscious.”

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AG James released a statement on the ruling, saying that the lowered bond does not undo the ruling that Trump is liable for fraud, though she claimed the higher amount still stood.

“Donald Trump is still facing accountability for his staggering fraud,” the statement read. “The court has already found that he engaged in years of fraud to falsely inflate his net worth and unjustly enrich himself, his family, and his organization. The $464 million judgment—plus interest—against Donald Trump and the other defendants still stands.”

“The ruling by a five-judge panel of appellate court judges was a crucial and unexpected victory for the former president, potentially staving off a looming financial disaster. Had the court denied his request — and had he failed to obtain the full bond — Mr. Trump risked of losing control over his bank accounts and, eventually, even some of his marquee properties,” the New York Times reported.

The outlet added, “Mr. Trump has 10 days to secure the bond, and two people with knowledge of his finances said he should be able to do so by then.”

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Trump managed to raise the funds, though now James’ office is contesting whether the bond company has the cash.

Meanwhile, according to a new poll, Trump leads President Joe Biden by twice the margin of victory he had four years ago in the Lone Star State in the contest for Texas’ 40 electoral votes.

A Marist College survey released on Tuesday shows Republican Sen. Ted Cruz leading Democratic opponent Rep. Colin Allred by six points in a crucial Senate contest as the GOP looks to recapture the majority in the chamber in November’s elections.

In 2020, Trump defeated Biden in Texas by about 5.5 points, the narrowest victory margin for a Republican presidential candidate in a deeply red state in almost 25 years, Fox News noted.

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