On Monday, May 20, 2024, the Daily Caller reported that a former Department of Justice official expressed concerns about apparent bias from the judge in the criminal trial against former President Donald Trump.

The article discusses comments made by John Yoo, who previously worked in the George W. Bush administration DOJ, on the Fox News show “Your World with Neil Cavuto”. Yoo was responding to events from the trial that day, where Trump’s defense attorney called their first witness – Bob Costello, a former adviser to Trump’s previous lawyer Michael Cohen.

During Costello’s testimony, the judge, Juan Merchan, repeatedly sustained objections from the prosecution and interrupted the witness. This led to Costello making exasperated remarks. Merchan then dismissed the jury from the courtroom. Yoo argued this could frustrate jurors, as previously the judge had allowed the prosecution’s witness, adult film actress Stormy Daniels, to testify more freely without facing similar objections.

Yoo suggested the judge’s conduct risked “backfiring” on the prosecution, led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. By being “so aggressively” in favor of the prosecution and limiting the defense’s ability to examine witnesses, it did not appear the defense was getting a fair chance to argue their client’s innocence against the government’s accusations.

The article also notes how Merchan has tended to rule in favor of the prosecution during the trial, granting most of their requests while rejecting many from Trump’s defense team. Yoo criticized another decision by Merchan to constrain the testimony of an expert witness brought by the defense, while earlier allowing Daniels to talk without restriction.



Source: Daily Caller