Former Trump attorney Tim Parlatore criticized the former president’s legal team after a disastrous round of closing arguments capped off by Trump’s rant attacking the judge. Parlatore said that Trump’s team has been “kind of un-led for a while” when asked who is controlling the case.
“With Alina Habba handling discovery, that’s not something where I think anybody’s really at the wheel. And so now you get into this trial where it does seem to me to be kind of a combination of building a record for the appeal and putting out things into the media that are helpful to the campaign,” Parlatore said, adding that fellow Trump attorney Chris Kise is “not a trial lawyer” and is “probably just to prep this case for an appeal.” The Trump team’s strategy appears to be to try to “convince this trial judge to get so mad that he makes bigger mistakes for the appeal.”
Habba, who previously served as the general counsel for a parking garage company, previously came under criticism from several Trump allies. “He has some lawyers that are very sophisticated with years of experience litigating, and he has now fallen prey to inexperienced lawyers who are just telling him what he wants to hear,” a source close to Trump told Axios last year. “It’s disconcerting to everyone around him who actually care about him.”