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Judge Juan Merchan Hit with Official Ethics Complaint, Accused of ‘Judicial Misconduct’

The judge hearing the case in which former President Donald Trump is charged with falsifying business records has been slapped with an official ethics complaint.

Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, whose congressional district covers a vast swath of northern and central New York state, posted her complaint on social media platform X.

“I just filed an official judicial complaint with the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct against Acting Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan for his clear violation of the Rules of Judicial Conduct for the New York State Unified Court System due to his family directly enriching itself off this sham trial against President Trump,” she wrote.

“The idea that he is in a position to preside over this trial fairly would be laughable if it weren’t so dangerous,” she added.

“The naked corruption on display in Judge Merchan’s courtroom isn’t only a threat to President Trump, but a threat to our justice system and democracy. It is election interference for financial gain and cannot be tolerated. Judge Merchan should have recused himself, but since he’s refused, he must be held accountable for his judicial misconduct,” she wrote.

The text of the complaint noted that Merchan’s daughter is president of Authentic Campaigns, which represents Democratic politicians and has sought to use the trial over which her father presides as a vehicle for raising money for Democrats.

“His family’s wealth is directly tied to attacking President Trump,” Stefanik alleged.

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