Alina Habba Says Donald Trump Trials Have Hit New Low

Donald Trump’s legal spokesperson Alina Habba suggested on Monday that the former president’s trials have hit a new low following testimony by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

Habba was highly critical of the ongoing hush-money trial during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity and said she had “never seen anything worse” than Cohen’s testimony after he took the stand at the Manhattan Criminal Court.

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, has been standing trial for the past four weeks accused of 34 felony charges tied to hush money paid ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Trump has pleaded not guilty and repeatedly said that the case is part of a political witch hunt against him.

Trump Legal Spokesperson Alina Habba
Alina Habba on April 22, 2024, in New York City. The Trump lawyer criticized the trial in a Fox News interview.

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Cohen is considered a key witness for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and Habba appeared to criticize his testimony, but she told Hannity she wasn’t going to “get into” what was said.

Habba suggested there was a double standard regarding Trump, mentioning former President Bill Clinton and former First Lady Hillary Clinton.

“But if you’re Donald Trump you’re going to be gagged unconstitutionally so that you can’t even discuss the testimony of people that are calling you a liar and you can’t defend yourself,” Habba said, referring to the gag order imposed on the former president by Judge Juan Merchan.

“Can I tell you, Sean, I’ve never seen anything worse than what I saw today,” Habba said. “I’m not gonna get into the testimony of somebody under oath on the witness stand but I think that if you read the news, it speaks for itself.”

Newsweek has reached out to the Trump team via email for comment.

In his testimony on Monday, Cohen said that he was involved in paying off adult film star Stormy Daniels and arranging for former Playboy model Karen McDougal to be paid off. In 2016, he discovered that McDougal was trying to sell her story about her alleged affair with Trump.

The prosecution is seeking to prove that, before the 2016 presidential election, Trump paid or discussed paying two women Daniels and McDougal not to disclose his alleged affairs with them. The former president denies affairs with both women.

Speaking outside the court on Monday, Trump took aim at Judge Merchan and Democrats.

“We have a corrupt judge, and we have a judge who’s highly conflicted, and he’s keeping me from campaigning. He’s an appointed New York judge; he’s appointed. You know who appointed him? Democrat politicians. He’s appointed, he’s a corrupt judge and he’s a conflicted judge, and he ought to let us go out and campaign and get rid of this,” the former president said.