In Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case, former President Donald Trump’s attorneys have filed a new motion with far-reaching implications for the case’s possible outcome.
According to Just the News, in the petition, Trump demanded that the judge recuse himself because he does not believe the judge to be impartial.
“Trump’s attorneys submitted a filing to the court pointing to Judge Juan Merchan’s past role in a previous case in which he encouraged former Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg to cooperate against the former president, before noting the political and financial interest of the judge’s daughter in the case’s outcome,” the report said.
“Merchan’s daughter works for Authentic Strategies, a left-wing advertising group that Trump’s attorneys say stands to make money on the case, according to The Hill. The attorneys noted that the case’s outcome will likely affect political messaging during the 2024 electoral cycle and shape the ways Authentic works with its clients,” the outlet added.
In addition, the filing requests that the judge explain “what appear to be certain political contributions made by [Merchan] to candidate Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and other political causes so that the defense can assess whether these donations separately warrant [the judge’s] recusal.”
Juan Merchan, an employee of the New York court system, contributed $35 to political candidates in 2020, according to records from the Federal Election Commission. Just the News noted that $15 was contributed to the presidential campaign of Joe Biden.
“This case before this Court is historic and it is important that the People of the State of New York and this nation have confidence that the jurist who presides over it is impartial. Most respectfully, the foregoing facts compel the conclusion that Your Honor is not and thus should recuse,” insisted the former president’s legal team, the filing stated.
A Manhattan grand jury indicted Trump on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records relating to adult film actress Stormy Daniels last month.
Trump allegedly sent Daniels a payment prior to the 2016 election in order to silence Daniels about their affair in 2006. Trump pled not guilty to the 34 counts against him.
Tuesday, Bragg opposed an effort by Trump’s counsel to transfer the case to federal court. Late last month, Trump’s attorneys argued that the case cannot be tried in a state court because the alleged violations occurred while he was president, making it a federal matter.
In court documents filed on Tuesday, Manhattan prosecutors argued that the case should remain in state court because the former president’s “alleged criminal conduct had no connection to his official duties and responsibilities as President, but instead arose from his unofficial actions relating to his private businesses and pre-election conduct.”
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