Donald Trump’s lawyer has revealed she was targeted by thieves allegedly trying to steal confidential documents about the former president from her car.
CCTV footage shared with DailyMail.com shows a man and a woman driving a white Range Rover blasting through a security checkpoint at Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey golf club last month before driving to the lawyer’s office nearby and breaking into her car.
Alina Habba, Trump’s personal attorney handling some of his highest-profile cases, told DailyMail.com that she believes the break-in was a targeted attempt to steal legal documents and Trump’s personal files.
Habba said police told her the Range Rover, which has New York plates, was stolen from Long Island the day before the incident, and that they recovered three fingerprints from the alleged crime scene.
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Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Alina Habba, revealed her car was targeted by thieves outside her Bedminster, New Jersey law office last month
CCTV footage shared with DailyMail.com shows a woman getting out of a white Range Rover and opening Habba’s unlocked car door in the parking lot
The suspect is seen rummaging around the car for a minute before getting back in her vehicle and speeding off
Security camera video shows the suspect car pulled up in the crowded Bedminster law office parking lot next to Habba’s vehicle.
A woman got out of the passenger side of the Rover and climbed into the passenger side of Habba’s unlocked car.
After about a minute of rummaging around in the vehicle, she emerged, got back in the Rover and sped off.
Habba, a partner at Habba Madaio & Associates LLP, also in Bedminster, said two bags in the car were stolen but they only contained clothes and a gift.
She said her garage door opener was left by the thieves, which she claimed police told her was odd for a regular vehicle break-in.
Bedminster Police did not respond to requests for comment.
Habba said she had accidentally left case files from Trump’s legal battle with the New York attorney general Letitia James in the car, but sent her assistant to retrieve them just two hours before the break-in.
Two hours before the break-in, Habba sent her assistant to retrieve files from Trump’s legal battle with the New York attorney general Letitia James she accidentally left in her car, the lawyer said
The suspects, which appear to be a man and woman driving in an allegedly stolen vehicle, ultimately got away with two bags containing clothes and a gift
Habba said police recovered three fingerprints from the alleged crime scene. Pictured: The parking lot at Habba’s law firm
‘I went into my office, preparing for the argument against the attorney general. I realized that I had left the binder with all of his documents in the car, and I got nervous and sent my associate down to go get my things,’ Habba told DailyMail.com.
‘Thank God I got my file out of the car. A couple hours later and they would have had confidential documents.’
The attorney said the break-in appeared targeted.
‘I knew something was weird because they just go straight to my car. They don’t touch or check any other cars,’ she said.
‘They’re not in the driver’s seat. They’re not trying to jumpstart the car. It looks like they were looking for something.’
Habba said when she showed Bedminster Police detectives security camera footage, they recognized the car as the same vehicle that was chased off the nearby Trump golf club by security guards earlier that day after speeding past a checkpoint.
Habba is a member at the club.
Pictures from the club entrance cameras show the black and white Range Rover with New York plates, a driver and passenger speeding through.
The lawyer shared a screenshot of what she claimed was a typical piece of hate mail she received from a troll angry at her representation of the Trump family
Moments before the alleged burglary, CCTV captured the white Range Rover zooming through a security checkpoint at Trump’s nearby Bedminster golf club
Police said the white luxury car was allegedly stolen from Long Island the day before the incident, according to Habba
Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey
‘I’ve become a bit of a target,’ Habba said. ‘I get threats every day. I am petrified and it’s scary, but I’m not going to stop what I’m doing.
‘What’s going on is wrong. Now they’re breaking into my car? It’s too coincidental.’
The lawyer shared a screenshot of what she claimed was a typical piece of hate mail she received from a troll angry at her representation of the Trump family.
The email, sent by ‘Troy Jordan’ and titled ‘F*** off’, said: ‘If you have kids, I pray nightly for their death.’
The day of the incident Habba was preparing for a hearing in James’s civil suit against the Trump family and companies for alleged tax fraud.
New York Attorney General Letitia James is investigating whether Trump’s family business inflated the value of its assets in a bid to claim tax relief
The heated and contentious court appearance last month pitted the corporate lawyer against the attorney general, with Habba claiming the investigation was ‘invalid’ and biased, and James pushing for permission to grill Trump and his children under oath.
Habba reportedly interrupted the judge twice and was admonished by his clerk, Allison Greenfield: ‘When the judge speaks, you need to stop speaking.’
New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron ruled against Habba after the hearing, allowing James to compel the Trumps to testify.
The AG accuses Trump of inflating his property valuations for tax benefits.
James says the former president falsely claimed his Trump Tower penthouse was 20,000sq ft bigger than it is to achieve a valuation over $200million more than its true worth, in loan application documents.
He allegedly told the IRS he had seven nonexistent mansions worth $61million at his Seven Springs Estate in Westchester County, and received tax deductions worth millions of dollars as a result.
The Trump Organization lawyers claim James campaigned on taking down Trump and his family before she had any evidence of wrongdoing
In legal filings, the AG’s office claims that one of Trump’s flagship New York properties, 40 Wall Street, was drastically overvalued on his Statements of Financial Condition (SFC) – the annual record of his assets and liabilities that he gave to lenders and insurers.
The building’s value was recorded as $200million for a 2010 loan modification and $260million in 2012, but was valued between $524million and $621million on his SFCs during the same period, James’ probe claims.
Parallel to James’ case is a criminal prosecution by the Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg against the Trump Organization for similar alleged fraud.
Two prosecutors, Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz, resigned after Bragg reportedly told them he had doubts about moving forward with the case.
Bragg’s spokeswoman told the New York Times he was ‘grateful for their service’ and that the investigation was ongoing.