Former President Donald Trump’s legal team has filed a motion asking New York State Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan to recuse himself from the criminal case involving alleged hush-money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. In the motion, Trump’s attorneys argue that Judge Merchan’s daughter’s employment at Authentic Campaigns, a company associated with Democratic campaigns, creates a conflict of interest that compromises the fairness of the proceedings.
According to the filing, Judge Merchan’s daughter serves as the chief operating officer and president of Authentic Campaigns. Trump’s lawyers claim that her involvement with a company that has a clear Democratic bias raises concerns about the judge’s ability to remain impartial in this case.
The motion also highlights Judge Merchan’s prior involvement in a case where he encouraged Allen Weisselberg, the former CFO of the Trump Organization, to cooperate against President Trump. Trump’s legal team argues that this shows a preconceived bias against their client, further undermining the integrity of the current case.
Furthermore, the motion points to small-dollar donations made by Judge Merchan to left-leaning causes, including President Biden’s election campaign. Trump’s attorneys argue that these contributions indicate a political bias that could potentially influence the judge’s decision-making.
In addition to requesting the recusal of Judge Merchan, Trump’s legal team seeks to move the case into federal court, where they believe a more neutral and fair venue can be provided.
The filing of this motion demonstrates Trump’s attorneys’ commitment to ensuring a fair trial and upholding the principles of justice. It is crucial that potential conflicts of interest and biases are thoroughly evaluated to maintain the integrity of the legal process.
Source Fox News