Stefanik files ethics complaint against Trump trial judge, cites daughter's work for group promoting Dems | 21 May 2024 | House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik filed an ethics complaint against Judge Juan Merchan for an alleged conflict of interest pertaining to his daughter's role at a firm known for representing Democratic politicians. Merchan, an acting Supreme Court justice in New York, is presiding over the unprecedented criminal trial against former President Trump stemming from charges brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Stefanik, R-N.Y., filed the complaint with the New York State Commission on Judiciary Conduct, warning that Trump, who pleaded not guilty to all 34 counts of falsifying business records, faces "a maximum of 136 years' imprisonment" if convicted, and said not only are his "interests at stake," but "the interests of all Americans are at stake." She pointed to Merchan's daughter, who serves as the president of Authentic Campaigns -- a group that represents Democrat politicians and political action committees.

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