Judge in former president's case donated to anti-Trump group

 June 2, 2024

Fox News reported last year that the judge overseeing former President Donald Trump's hush-money trial donated to both President Joe Biden and as well as the left-wing Progressive Turnout Project.

That fact, along with financial links between the judge's daughter and Democratic politicians received new attention after Trump was convicted last week. 

Judge donated to "Stop Trump" fund

According to The Inquisitr, social media users have accused Judge Juan Merchan of being a biased actor, with one person posting a clip of Fox News host Jesse Watters making that case.

"And then you find out that the judge, not only an Obama donor, donated to the Progressive Turnout Project, and its subsidiary Stop Trump," Watters remarked.

"The judge donated to a Stop Trump organization," the host went on to stress before adding, "And his family is going to financially benefit from the conviction."

Judge's daughter has used trial to raise money for Democrats

Watters second point was a reference to the fact that Loren Merchan serves as chief operating officer and president of Authentic Campaigns.

The New York Post reported earlier this year that the Democrat-aligned political consulting firm that used Trump's trial in fundraising campaigns which netted some $93 million.

Authentic Campaigns' website explains that its clients have included President Biden, Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Oregon Democratic Gov. Tina Kotek, and California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff.

Watters also questioned whether or not Merchan was randomly assigned to Trump's case given that he has also presided over trials involving the Trump Organization and former Trump advisor Steve Bannon.

New York Republican calls for investigation

That fact also hasn't gone unnoticed by New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, who raised the issue in a letter sent last month to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

"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," Stefanik wrote.

"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 noted.

"If Acting Justice Merchan or any other Justices of the Court are found to have violated these rules, I would hope that the Commission would subject them to the required discipline," the lawmaker continued.

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