On Wednesday, April 3, 2024, NewsMax reported that Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) called for the judge overseeing former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial to recuse himself due to perceived judicial bias.

In a statement published on social media, Rep. Stefanik argued that Manhattan Judge Juan Merchan, who was appointed to handle Trump’s case, should not preside over the proceedings because of his political leanings. She noted that Merchan had donated to President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign and another organization that opposed Trump. Stefanik believed this fundraising history demonstrated the judge’s lack of impartiality.

Rep. Stefanik also raised concerns about Judge Merchan’s daughter. Loren Merchan works as a political consultant who has aided various Democratic candidates and causes. Trump had previously accused Loren of posting an image of him behind bars on social media and characterized her as a “Rabid Trump Hater.” Rep. Stefanik asserted that the judge’s failure to recuse himself in light of these family connections was inappropriate.

In response to criticism of potential bias from Trump, Judge Merchan had expanded a previous gag order against the former president. This barred Trump from attacking or disparaging not just those involved in the trial, but their families as well. However, Rep. Stefanik argued that this move was retaliatory and further proof of the judge’s partiality.

Citing both Merchan’s political donations and his daughter’s career in Democratic politics, Rep. Stefanik maintained that recusal was legally necessary to uphold the constitutional right to a fair trial. She decried the prospect of allowing what she viewed as a “biased, far-left activist judge” to oversee proceedings related to selecting the nation’s leaders.

 

 

Source: NewsMax