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Trump Attorney Says New York AG Letitia James ‘Not That Bright’

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An attorney representing former President Donald Trump in his civil fraud trial insulted the intelligence of the prosecutor who filed the $250 million lawsuit, New York Attorney General Letitia James.

In comments after a court session this week, Trump attorney and spokeswoman Alina Habba said that James is “just not that bright.”

James is leading the case after accusing Trump and his adult sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, of inflating and deflating the value of the business in order to get more favorable loan and interest rates.

“She’s just not that bright. I’m sorry, I have to say it,” Habba told Newsmax TV, adding that she doesn’t believe James has a good case. “I’ve seen their case; I’ve seen their lawyers. They don’t know what they’re talking about.”

Judge Arthur Engoron, who is presiding over the case, has already ruled in September that Trump was guilty of defrauding banks, but he’s been openly hostile to the former president and his legal team throughout the trial thus far.

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“Just because a bank who’s giving you a loan says it’s worth what the loan amount is, which is what happens when anybody takes a loan out, they’re never going to say the real value,” she continued, per The Hill. “They’re going to say what they want to say and not a penny more, or what the loan amount is and not a penny more.”

“She needs to educate herself, maybe go to some — I don’t even know how to express how ridiculous this is,” Habba said. “It’s like being in a circus with a bunch of — I mean, what I want to say I can’t say on TV, but it’s crazy. You know, it’s just ridiculous. Anybody with a brain understands that this is just completely insane.”

Trump himself took the stand earlier this week and repeatedly clashed with Engoron during the nearly four hours of testimony. He also took some verbal potshots at James, who was in the courtroom.

While many have predicted that Engoron will eventually find Trump guilty, Habba said earlier this month that the possibility of the former president serving time in prison is “not even something we think about.”

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When Carl Higbie of Newsmax asked Habba if Trump could go to jail for breaking one of the gag orders, she said, “He’s protected by Secret Service, period.”

“So, I always tell people when they’re panicked, ‘Listen, he’s protected by Secret Service, number one. Number two, he did nothing wrong.’ So, when people go to jail, it’s because they’ve done something wrong. Do we have crooked situations in and out of court? Absolutely. Could they try? Probably, but it won’t work because there is still a trial process, there is still facts, and unfortunately, they’re not going to win on the facts,” she continued.

She added: “Secret Service will always protect President Trump. That’s the truth, they have to wherever he is, but it’s not even something we think about, to be honest, because this is all political. It’s really not— there’s no criminal acts that he’s done. There’s no civil wrongs that he’s done, unless making money for banks is a civil wrong all of a sudden.”

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“Orange man bad,” responded Higbie, to which Habba said, “It’s Trump derangement syndrome at its best. I’m not worried about him, he’s not worried, and the American public shouldn’t be worried.”

In both the civil fraud case and the federal election obstruction case, Trump has been issued a gag order.

In his civil fraud case, Trump was fined $10,000 last week for breaking the gag order. While this was going on, on Sunday, D.C. Judge Tanya Chutkan reinstated a gag order preventing Trump from attacking court staffers and witnesses, prompting the former president to lash out against Chutkan on Truth Social.

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