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Judge In Trump’s Case Against N.Y.A.G. Is Forced To Explain To Attorney That Republican Former President Isn’t A Protected Class

Judge In Trump’s Case Against N.Y.A.G. Is Forced To Explain To Attorney That Republican Former President Isn’t A Protected Class

Donald Trump and his family are in the midst of a last-ditch battle to protect their businesses from an investigation by the New York Attorney General, by claiming that it’s a case of persecution and discrimination. In fact, an attorney for Trump was so insistent that it was a case of discrimination that the judge had to explain to her that it just didn’t apply.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 18: Former U.S. President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower in Manhattan on October 18, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

Law&Crime‘s Adam Klasfeld live-tweeted the hearing, in which Trump and his attorneys fought to put an end to an investigation by arguing that it is a case of political persecution. They’ve put forth evidence, including Attorney General Letitia James’ multiple statements about pursuing Trump’s businesses for alleged criminal activity if — when — she was elected to the position.

However, as the arguments in the case proceeded, attorney Alina Habba made one argument that grabbed the attention of social media audiences in particular. She asserted that Trump was a member of a “protected class” — but she wasn’t claiming that the investigation was due to his ethnic background or religion, but his politics.

Judge Arthur Engoron is quoted as finally explaining to the attorney, who is using the term “protected class” but repeatedly referring to Trump’s politics and presidency, that he is not a member of a protected class in this instance.

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It’s not the only oddity in the case — Klasfeld and others live-tweeting the hearing, including NPR‘s Peter Sagal, noted Habba had to be reminded not to speak over the judge, and the casualness with which she addressed the court.

A decision in the case is expected this afternoon.

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