Lawyers for Huawei Technologies Co. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou are opposing the broadcast of her extradition proceedings in Canada, saying it’d raise the risk of U.S. President Donald Trump muddying her case.

Televising the hearings “amplifies the risk that the President of the United States will once again intervene in the Respondent’s case, or harbour resentments, that are both threatening and intimidating,” her defence said in a court submission.

Earlier this year, Trump made conflicting statements on whether he might try to intervene in the U.S. Justice Department’s efforts to extradite Meng in order to boost a China trade deal. Her defence has used that to argue that her case is politicized and she should be freed.

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Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., leaves her home for a court appearance wearing an electronic ankle tag in Vancouver, British Columbia, Oct. 1, 2019. Bloomberg/Jennifer Gauthier

Meng, eldest daughter of Huawei’s billionaire founder Ren Zhengfei, was virtually unknown publicly until her arrest last December at Vancouver’s airport at the behest of U.S. officials. The U.S. accuses Meng of tricking banks into conducting transactions that violated sanctions on Iran.

Meng deserves the court’s protection, her lawyers said, because the media glare on her case has been “overwhelming.” “Her every move is scrutinized by the media, from her legal submissions to the clothes she wears.”

Drawing more attention from Trump or U.S. officials would place undue pressure on how Meng defends herself and could sway her fight to be freed, they said.

Meng is set to appear in court on Jan. 20 for the formal start of extradition hearings.