Republicans Turn The Heat Up On Judge Merchan

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( – On Tuesday, House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) sent a letter complaining of misconduct to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct arguing that they needed to review whether Judge Juan Merchan’s appointment violated the Uniform Rules for New York State Trial Courts. In her letter, she argued that it was not “random” that Merchan had been selected to preside over the trial. 

According to the rules in question a judge needed to be randomly selected for a trial in a process that would receive the authorization of the Chief Administrator. However, Stefanik argued that this rule had been ignored so that former President Donald Trump would be convicted in his hush money trial. 

In the letter, Stefanik pointed out that one could not help but suspect that there was “random selection” at work during the assignment of Acting Justice Merchan. She pointed out that Merchan is a donor for the Democratic party and that his selection had not been random at all.

Stefanik also sent the letter to Kay-Ann Porter Cambell the New York State Unified Court System general. 

In the letter, she notes that if any Justices including Merchan are found to have violated this rule she was hoping that the Commission would subject them to the necessary discipline. 

Stefanik in the letter also noted that Merchan was involved in at least two other cases that were connected to the former President, including the tax fraud trial in 2022 against the Trump organization and Steve Bannon’s criminal fraud case.

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