Donald Trump’s attorney Alina Habba confirmed Wednesday that the former president is concerned that the Supreme Court will rule against him in his ballot case to not appear political.
Maine and Colorado have disqualified Trump from their ballots under the 14th Amendment over his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Trump appointed half of the conservative justices that make up the 6-3 conservative majority on the high court.
“[Trump] has voiced some concern that a court that has — he appointed three of the justices at the Supreme Court and gave conservatives a supermajority — he is concerned that they are going to look as if they’re trying not to rule in his favor and might rule against him,” NYT reporter Maggie Haberman told CNN last week.
Habba confirmed Haberman’s report during an appearance on Fox News Wednesday, according to The Hill.
“That’s a concern he’s voiced to me, he’s voiced to everybody publicly, not privately. And I can tell you that his concern is a valid one,” Habba said. “You know, Republicans are conservative, they get nervous. They unfortunately … sometimes shy away from being pro-Trump because they feel that even if the law is on our side, they are swayed much like the Democratic side, right? So they’re trying so hard to look neutral that sometimes, they make the wrong call.”
If the Supreme Court rules against Trump it could lead to other states disqualifying the former president from their ballots as well.
Currently, efforts are underway in more than a dozen states to remove Trump from the ballot under the Constitution’s insurrection clause.
“There’s no … politics that should be involved in this,” Habba said. “It’s just simply American, and if the justices read the law, as I do, as most Americans and attorneys do, even [Alan Dershowitz], who is a known liberal, it’s just a simple decision, and it should have nothing to do with if you’re Republican or Democrat.”