Republicans Send Warning Shot To Trump’s Judge

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( – On Friday, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) filed a judicial ethics complaint against Judge Arthur Engoron who presides over the New York civil fraud suit brought forward against former President Donald Trump, his family, and his organization. In the filing, Stefanik argued that the judge’s behavior had shown “inappropriate bias and judicial intemperance” and had called for him to resign. 

In a letter sent to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, Stefanik argued that the judge’s behavior had shown “bias” and that he had broken a number of rules. 

Stefanik added that those exhibiting such “bizarre behavior” did not belong in the judicial system and that under Engoron the defendant was not receiving a fair trial and that due process was not being honored. Stefanik added that these are important concerns especially when considering former President Donald Trump is currently the frontrunner in the 2024 Republican presidential race and is likely going to be the party’s nominee in the upcoming election. 

The letter also makes many of the same points that the defendant’s legal team has made, such as the fact that there were “no victims” to the business dealings that Trump had made and that the judge had prejudged the case unfairly.

Prior to the trial starting Engoron they had ruled that Trump and the other defendants, which include his two adult sons, had been liable for fraud. As part of this decision, Trump’s business licenses were revoked which could end up being a risk for many of the President’s aconomic properties. An appeals court paused the business license cancellation for until after the end of the civil fraud trial. 

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