- A Trump lawyer said investigations into the former president would stop if he didn’t run for office in 2024.
- The Department of Justice executed an FBI raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, seeking classified documents.
- Attorney Alina Habba said the raid would increase support among Trump’s base.
A lawyer for Donald Trump said all investigations into the former president would stop if he were to announce he won’t run for president in 2024.
“If he’s not leading in the polls – I’ve sat across from him, every time he gets frustrated, I say to him: ‘Mr. President, if you would like me to resolve all your litigation, you should announce that you are not running for office, and all of this will stop,'” Trump attorney Alina Habba said on Real America’s Voice on Friday. “That’s what they want.”
She added that Trump was “honestly not surprised” after the Department of Justice executed an FBI raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, seeking classified documents taken from the White House.
“I hope he runs,” Habba said. “I told him this is going to actually increase your support in your base because they just always take it a little too far. The Democratic party, they can’t get out of their own way sometimes.”
Trump has teased his interest in running for president in 2024, though he has not publicly confirmed his plans. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy recently said he encouraged Trump to hold his announcement from him until after the 2022 midterms in November.
Habba brushed off statements by Attorney General Merrick Garland, who said that he personally signed off on the warrant used in the search. As reported by Insider’s Tom Porter, Garland broke precedent by commenting on the raid and announcing that the Justice Department would move to unseal the warrant.
“I think they got excited they thought they could get away with something, and then when Garland had to get up and explain himself, he really said nothing,” Habba said.