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Trump attorney says former president will not accept plea deal because it would be an 'admission of guilt'

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One of former President Trump's attorneys says taking a plea deal in the classified documents handling case will not happen.

"You plea when you've done something wrong or when you have no shot," Trump attorney Alina Habba told "Fox News Sunday's" host Shannon Bream in an exclusive interview.

"That's an admission of guilt. He would never admit guilt."

Habba represented Trump in a recent case in which he was found liable for the sexual abuse and defamation of 79-year-old writer E. Jean Carroll, as TheBlaze reported May 9.

Habba does not represent Trump in the federal documents probe case.

Habba went on to say there was nothing wrong with Trump declassifying documents, taking documents with him, and negotiating with the National Archives and Records Administration.

"This is completely politically motivated. It's election interference at its best by a political opponent," Habba also said, adding that an indictment is a "one-sided document."

"The only thing that was wrong was the raid on his home and the complete, dual-tier system of justice that we're seeing here."

Habba went on to say that while President Trump can use the Presidential Records Act as a defense, President Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can not.
"I don't think he's thinking of it that way," Habba said, when Bream asked if the thought of "decades in jail" had yet "sunk in" for Trump were he to be convicted.

Habba declined to say whether Trump would prefer to push any trial past the 2024 election, characterizing the inquiry as a "strategy question" which was "internal." She also said they would make that determination "very soon."

"[The items are] things he has the right to take," Habba said of the widely-circulated photo of a box of material spilled out onto the floor. She described the contents of the box as "mementos" such as newspaper articles and photographs.

"There's context to everything, and that context will be brought out on the defense ... we have not had an opportunity to give our side," Habba said.

Bream challenged Habba, noting that officials say among the documents spilled out onto the floor were those meant only for the members of the Five Eyes Intelligence Oversight and Review Council.

FIORC is composed of "non-political intelligence oversight, review, and security entities of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States," according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Of the alleged inclusion of FIORC-only documents among the spilled out contents, Habba said she didn't know when the picture was taken, that Trump "does not operate that way," and that she didn't know "what was in the boxes before and after."

"They're making it sound like a five-alarm fire. It's not."

Former President Trump is slated for arraignment in a federal courthouse in Miami Tuesday.

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