Judge’s Role In Trump Trial Questioned

Questions have been raised about the impartiality of Justice Merchan, the judge presiding over former President Trump’s hush-money trial, due to his daughter’s connections with two major Democratic fundraisers. These fundraisers have raised $93 million in campaign donations and include Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who played a prominent role as the lead prosecutor in Trump’s first impeachment trial, and the Senate Majority PAC, a significant party fundraiser.

Schiff’s campaign for the U.S. Senate has amassed $20 million in donations since he began leveraging Trump’s 34-count indictment last April. The allegations against Trump involve felony counts related to falsifying business records concerning hush-money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal. Trump, who has pleaded not guilty, faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

Schiff’s fundraising email opened with, “It is a somber moment, and unprecedented for a former president to be indicted, but his alleged offenses are also unprecedented.”

He added, “Trump will respond as he always does — playing the victim and blaming others for having the temerity to investigate him in the first place.”

Trump’s legal team is now contemplating a motion asking Justice Merchan to recuse himself from the trial.

Justice Merchan’s daughter, Loren Merchan, is president of Authentic Campaigns, a Chicago-based firm known for its progressive political consulting.

“Authentic Campaigns, and thus the judge’s daughter, is actively making money from this sham attack against President Trump, rendering Judge Merchan conflicted out,” Trump spokesman Steven Cheung said.

“The judge should do the right thing and immediately recuse himself in order to show the American people that the Democrats have not destroyed our justice system completely … him continuing to be involved in this Crooked Joe Biden-directed Witch Hunt is a complete violation of applicable rules, regulations and ethics.”

Trump, on Truth Social, wrote, “Judge Juan Merchan, a very distinguished looking man, is nevertheless a true and certified Trump Hater who suffers from a very serious case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. In other words, he hates me!”

“His daughter is a senior executive at a Super Liberal Democrat firm that works for Adam ‘Shifty’ Schiff, the Democrat National Committee, Senate Majority PAC, and even Crooked Joe Biden,” Trump added.