Former President Donald Trump’s attorneys filed a petition in Manhattan state Supreme Court to remove the Judge who oversaw his criminal cases, citing, among other things, ties between the Judge’s family and Democrats.
Judge Juan Merchan presides over the case brought by Democratic Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in which Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 state felony charges of falsifying business records in connection with alleged hush payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
On Wednesday (May 31), a spokesperson for Trump wrote on the former President’s 2024 Campaign website that Trump has a Constitutional right to “an impartial judge and fair legal process.”
The statement relayed that the motion revealed “Judge Merchan’s significant conflicts,” pointing to the Judge’s daughter possibly benefitting financially from Merchan’s decision given her “direct efforts with Joe Biden’s campaign.”
The filing also cites Merchan’s presiding over former Trump Organization chief financial officer Alan Weisselberg, 75, a case where Weisselberg was sentenced to five months in prison in a tax evasion scheme.
Weisselberg reached a plea deal with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to 15 felonies and had to testify truthfully at the trial of two Trump Organization companies, pay $2 million in Unpaid taxes, interest, and penalties, and waive his right to appeal.
The statement on the website points to allegations that Merchan was politically connected to Biden and caused like “Stop Republicans.”
The spokesperson noted that the case also “has no factual or legal merit” because it was brought by a district attorney who ran on the ‘Get Trump’ platform, noting that the appointment of an “impartial judge is important to stop this travesty of justice.”