Rep. Elise Stefanik calls for probe into Judge Merchan’s ‘random’ selection for Trump cases

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is calling for an investigation into how brazenly partisan Judge Juan Merchan has been tapped to oversee several Trump-related cases despite state laws requiring judges to be randomly assigned.

With the legal travesty in Manhattan ready to head to jury deliberations, the Trump ally sent a letter to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct and the Office of the Inspector General of the New York State Unified Court System suggesting that there may have been “misconduct” in the state Supreme Court system to ensure that Merchan was on the bench for the Stormy Daniels “hush money” trial and two others.

“One cannot help but suspect that the ‘random selection’ at work in the assignment of Acting Justice Merchan, a Democrat Party donor, to these cases involving prominent Republicans, is in fact not random at all,” the congresswoman wrote in the Tuesday letter.

Stefanik noted how Merchan was also picked for cases against the Trump Organization and the upcoming trial of Steve Bannon, a fierce backer of the former president.

“The simple answer to why Acting Justice Merchan has been assigned to these cases would seem to be that whoever made the assignment intentionally selected Acting Justice Merchan to handle them to increase the chance that Donald Trump, the Trump Organization, and Steven Bannon would ultimately be convicted,” Stefanik said in the letter.

”If justices were indeed being randomly assigned in the Criminal Term, the probability of two specific criminal cases being assigned to the same justice is quite low, and the probability of three specific criminal cases being assigned to the same justice is infinitesimally small,” she wrote. “And yet, we see Acting Justice Merchan on all three cases.”

Stefanik called for state officials to “investigate this anomaly to determine whether the required random selection process was in fact, followed in the assignment of these criminal cases to Acting Justice Merchan” and said she hopes if it is found that Merchan and others violated the rules, that the “Commission would subject them to the required discipline.”

The congresswoman’s letter follows up an ethics complaint that she filed against Merchan last week alleging conflict of interest over his daughter’s business working on behalf of anti-Trump Democrats including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a serial liar and promoter of conspiracy theories.

In her letter to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, Stefanik argued that an acquittal of Trump would be “detrimental to Democrats, including clients of Judge Merchan’s daughter.”

“If, on the other hand, [Trump] is convicted, such a verdict would provide a fundraising windfall for Democrat clients of Judge Merchan’s daughter,” she wrote.

Trump has been highly critical of Merchan who has gagged him and repeatedly undercut his ability to mount a defense against the concocted charges put together by Soros-backed DA Alvin Bragg – possibly with help from the Biden regime – and has referred to him as “corrupt” and “conflicted.”

Chris Donaldson

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