Alina Habba says Trump’s hush-money jury should have been sequestered over holiday weekend

Ahead of closing arguments this week, former President Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, suggested that jurors in the hush money trial should have been sequestered over Memorial Day weekend to prevent outside influence.

“They should have been sequestered because, in my opinion, these jurors are dealing with something completely unprecedented in America, an injustice,” Hubba said Sunday on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”

“And I have serious concerns about them having opinions and being able to go out on holiday weekends with friends and family at pool parties watching the news on TV in the background. If they’re left-wing and they’re watching what my client calls MSDNC, [MSNBC] Or CNN, you’re not going to get unbiased news.”

A 12-journalist in New York will be tasked this week with considering whether to convict Trump on 34 criminal counts, but if they don’t reach the same verdict on all counts, the trial will be called off.

The former president is charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records in connection with paying off his then-fixer Michael Cohen after paying porn actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 in hush money about an alleged affair in October 2016. He has pleaded not guilty and has repeatedly denied having an affair with Daniels.

Trump’s defense wrapped up arguments last Tuesday without calling the former president as a witness, and the jury was dismissed until closing arguments begin this Tuesday. The jury’s verdict is scheduled to follow shortly thereafter.

Judge Juan Merchan said closing arguments won’t take place until this Tuesday because of some “issues,” but didn’t explain what they were.

Haba argued that the holiday weekend would be an opportunity for jurors to talk to friends who may be suffering from “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” an informal term used by Trump allies to refer to criticism of the former president.

“I’m worried that they’re going to go back to their friends with Trump Derangement Syndrome, forget all sense of reality, come back and sit in that box and say, you know, I’ve got to take one for Trump. [Democratic National Committee]”I don’t want that. It’s against the law. [be] In fact, if we could achieve that, we would win and not only would we have a disagreement, but we would also have an acquittal. So let’s see what happens.”

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