Alina Habba discovered one secret meeting that has a Trump trial judge in big trouble

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The Democrat Party hoped to destroy Trump personally, politically, and financially through a series of bogus criminal and civil cases.

Now the truth about these sham proceedings is finally coming to light.

And Alina Habba discovered one secret meeting that has a Trump trial judge in big trouble.

Judge Engoron may have violated state ethics rules

Trump legal spokeswoman Alina Habba thought she found a smoking gun.

“Well what do we have here,” Habba wrote  on social media.

Habba shared an NBC New York article entitled “High-profile New York lawyer says he tried to advise judge in Trump civil fraud case.”

The article details a TV interview attorney Adam Leitman Bailey gave the day Democrat Judge Arthur Engoron fined Donald Trump $464 million in Democrat Attorney General Letitia James’ politically motivated civil fraud lawsuit.

Bailey described how he spoke with Judge Engoron three weeks prior about the case in the hallway of the New York Courthouse without Trump’s lawyers present.

“I actually had the ability to speak to him three weeks ago,” Bailey told NBC New York on February 16. 

“I saw him in the corner [at the courthouse] and I told my client, ‘I need to go.’ And I walked over and we started talking . . . I wanted him to know what I think and why . . . I really want him to get it right,” Bailey stated.

“He had a lot of questions, you know, about certain cases. We went over it,” Bailey added.

The New York State Rules of Judicial Conduct are clear on the matter.

They state “a judge shall not initiate, permit, or consider ex parte communications, or consider other communications made to the judge outside the presence of the parties or their lawyers.” 

The rules do allow an exception to “obtain the advice of a disinterested expert.”

“Ex-parte” means a conversation about a case without the attorneys who are a party to that matter present.

Judge Engoron denies wrongdoing

A statement from New York State’s Office of Court Administration Al Baker claimed Engoron did nothing wrong.

“No ex parte conversation concerning this matter occurred between Justice Engoron and Mr. Bailey or any other person. The decision Justice Engoron issued February 16 was his alone, was deeply considered, and was wholly uninfluenced by this individual,” the statement read.

But in a subsequent interview Bailey reiterated that the two discussed the Trump case.

“We didn’t even mention the word Donald Trump,” Bailey said in a follow-up interview with NBC New York.

“Well, obviously we weren’t talking about the Mets,” Bailey emphasized.

Judge Engoron’s conduct throughout this case was rife with bias.

Engoron ruled Trump a fraud because the case even started and sided with James at every turn.

Experts argue Judge Engoron crossed the line

Trump attorney Christopher Kise said there was no gray area here.

Judge Engoron’s conduct was a clear ethical violation.

“The code doesn’t provide an exception for ‘well, this was a small conversation’ or ‘well, it didn’t really impact me’ or ‘well, this wasn’t something that I, the judge, found significant,” Kise told reporters.

“No. The code is very clear,” Kise concluded.

Former U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman agreed.

“Under ethics rules both the attorney and, importantly, the judge were out of line. I can’t imagine an ethical judge permitting another lawyer to engage them on the merits of such a case. The rules exist to protect the defendant from secret ‘experts’ influencing a judge,” Tolman added.

Nothing about this James lawsuit was on the level from the get-go.

James weaponized New York’s civil fraud statute to bring an unprecedented case where there are no victims for the sole purpose of punishing Trump for winning the 2016 election and running again in 2024.

Judge Engoron went along for the ride.

Americans are now learning his conduct may not have been totally above board.