On Tuesday, April 23, 2024, Matt Whitaker, a senior fellow at the American Cornerstone Institute and former Acting U.S. Attorney General, published an op-ed on Breitbart raising concerns about apparent conflicts of interest regarding the judge presiding over criminal trials against former President Donald Trump.

In his column, Whitaker outlines several issues calling into question the impartiality of Judge Juan Merchan, who is overseeing indictments of Trump in New York. Whitaker notes that Merchan’s daughter works as president of Authentic Campaigns, a political consulting firm that has received over $10 million from the campaign of Congressman Adam Schiff and $15 million from the Senate Majority PAC since 2019. Both Schiff and the PAC have used Trump’s indictment in their fundraising materials.

Whitaker then delves into campaign finance records, showing the substantial sums that these two Democratic entities have raised while citing Trump’s legal battles. He argues this financial relationship between the judge’s daughter’s firm and campaigns benefiting from the case presents an unacceptable conflict of interest.

The op-ed further criticizes Judge Merchan for personally donating to now-President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign. Whitaker asserts no impartial observer could find Merchan’s continued involvement in the case appropriate given such apparent political biases. While Merchan refused previously to recuse himself, claiming to have examined his conscience, Whitaker doubts anyone could believe the judge can administer justice fairly and impartially in this high-profile situation.

In addition to scrutinizing the New York case, Whitaker highlights other examples of what he views as politically motivated prosecutions against Trump lacking proper protocol. This includes the handling of investigations in Georgia and by newly-appointed special counsel Jack Smith at the Department of Justice.

In closing, Whitaker insists the charges against Trump should be dismissed outright due to the tainted nature of the proceedings against the former president. Barring that outcome, he strongly urges Judge Merchan to recuse himself to restore integrity to the justice system and its fundamental principle of impartiality.



Source: Breitbart