Alina Habba, the legal representative for former President Donald Trump, strongly criticized special counsel Jack Smith’s push for an expedited Supreme Court ruling on the issue of immunity for the ex-president. Smith’s office recently filed a petition urging the justices to quickly decide on Trump’s immunity regarding election-related charges that Smith had previously filed.
Speaking with Fox Business in response to the petition, Habba expressed her skepticism, stating, “There is some sort of real sense of urgency.” She suggested that the only apparent urgency is related to the upcoming November 2024 election, insinuating that Smith’s team might be motivated by an inability to defeat Trump through the democratic process.
Habba went on to accuse Smith’s actions as “election interference,” alleging that they are resorting to tactics such as “lie, cheat, steal, or the newest, is lawfare” to undermine her client. She labeled these efforts as “un-American” and claimed that they are turning Trump into a victim of election interference and lawfare, attracting support from voters who sympathize with his perceived mistreatment.
Regarding the swift involvement of the Supreme Court, Habba offered two possible interpretations. She suggested that the urgency could signify the Court deeming the issue a non-significant one, or it could indicate a need to promptly address and dismiss such cases that attempt similar legal strategies. While unsure of the justices’ mindset, Habba expressed faith in the Supreme Court’s commitment to their responsibilities.
In the context of the case, Smith argued to the justices that resolving Trump’s claims of immunity is crucial for the public interest and that the trial should proceed promptly if the claim is rejected. He had previously accused Trump of using the appeal as a tactic to delay his trial.
Trump’s trial in Washington is scheduled for March 4, just ahead of Super Tuesday. In addition to the Washington case, Trump is facing legal challenges in New York, Georgia, and Florida, along with a civil trial for defamation filed by writer E. Jean Carroll.