GOP Rep. files complaint against anti-Trump judge

 January 20, 2024

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has filed a judicial complaint against Judge Arthur Engoron, the Washington Examiner reports

Stefanik, in the complaint, accuses Engoron of "inappropriate bias and judicial intemperance" in his handling of former President Donald Trump's case.


Engoron is the New York judge who has been overseeing the civil fraud lawsuit that New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) has brought against Trump. This is the case in which James has accused Trump of fraudulently overvaluing his assets on bank loan documents.

If you have followed this case at all, then the chances are that you are well aware of the bias that Engoron has exhibited toward Trump. The former president has not only maintained his innocence but has also maintained that James and Engoron are merely two more Democrats who are trying to interfere with his 2024 campaign.

A case in point, according to Trump, would be the gag order that Engoron has imposed on the former president.

The gag order

Engoron first imposed the gag order on Trump in October, stopping Trump from, among other things, criticizing members of Engoron's staff. This came after Trump had been especially critical of Engoron's clerk - Allison Greenfield - accusing her of essentially being a political operative for the Democrats.

The problem with the gag order, of course, is that Trump is the leading Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency, and the gag order has taken away some of his ability to publicly defend himself in this matter.

This is a large part of the reason why Trump appealed the gag order. The former president, however, was unsuccessful in doing so.

This past week, an appellate court upheld the gag order, and this is when Stefanik filed her latest complaint against Engoron.

"Inappropriate bias"

According to the Examiner, Stefanik filed her latest complaint against Engoron with the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct on Friday.

In her complaint, Stefanik is reported to have written:

The Court dodged addressing a crucial issue, which has ramifications for all New Yorkers. Simply stated, it is unacceptable that any judge in America would place an unconstitutional gag order on a defendant. If there is anyone who must have the constitutional right to speak out against the judge, court staff, prosecutor, and process, it is a defendant going through a process he believes has been politicized and weaponized against him.

Stefanik went on to accuse Engoron of "biased misconduct," which she says has amounted to "election interference."

Stefanik had previously submitted other complaints against Engoron, but, thus far, they have been to no avail.

One has to believe that the response to this latest complaint is going to be no different.

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