Stefanik demands Trump’s hush money trial judge recuse over conflict of interest

House GOP Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is demanding the judge overseeing former President Donald Trump’s criminal trial in New York to recuse himself from the case over allegations his daughter is using the indictment for financial gain. 

In an ethics complaint submitted to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct on Tuesday, Stefanik is urging Judge Juan Merchan to step down from the case over allegations his daughter is leveraging the trial to make money through her fundraising agency. The complaint comes as other House Republicans have also targeted Merchan over his daughter’s politics, deeming it a conflict of interest. 

“Judge Merchan currently presides over the criminal case against President Donald J. Trump brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg,” Stefanik wrote in the complaint. “If convicted, President Trump faces a
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