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Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 9:51 am, Mon Apr 7, 2014.

The lawyer representing former Queens Republican official Vince Tabone is crying foul over an attempt to oust her firm from representing him.

On Monday, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office asked federal Judge Kenneth Karas to question Tabone on whether he wants to keep his attorneys, Lally & Misir. The office contends that Tabone could be hurting his own defense by using a firm whose lead partner, Grant Lally, is running for Congress against Rep. Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens).

Tabone is to go on trial June 2 with state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and former Republican Councilman Dan Halloran of Whitestone for allegedly taking $25,000 last year to get Smith on the GOP line for mayor.

In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Deborah Misir, Lally’s law partner and wife, called the motion politically motived by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who she said is a friend of Israel.

“It’s against the law to have a wife kicked off a case because of a made-up conflict of interest,” Misir said. “It’s a sexist attack, more like what you’d expect in Saudi Arabia. We will make a counter motion to take a look at government misconduct.”

— Liz Rhoades

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