- A lawyer for Trump said the investigation into the former president would be stopped if he did not run for office in 2024.
- The Justice Department executed an FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, seeking classified documents.
- Attorney Alina Habba said the raid would boost support among Trump’s base.
A lawyer for Donald Trump said all investigations into the former president would be stopped if he announced he would not run for president in 2024.
“If he’s not leading in the polls — I’m sitting across from him, whenever he gets frustrated, I say, ‘Mr. President, if you want me to settle all your court cases, you should announce that you’re not running for office and this is all going to stop,” Trump’s attorney Alina Habba told Real America’s Voice on Friday. “That’s what they want.”
She added that Trump was “frankly not surprised” after the Justice Department executed an FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, seeking classified documents obtained from the White House.
“I hope he runs,” Habba said. “I told him it’s going to increase your support in your base because they just take it a little bit further. 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 off on his announcement until after the 2022 midterm elections in November.
Habba rejected statements by Attorney General Merrick Garland, who said he personally signed 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 and thought they could get away with something, and then when Garland had to stand up and explain himself, he really didn’t say anything,” Habba said.