In a bold move, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has lodged a formal ethics complaint against New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron, accusing him of “bizarre and biased behavior” during the civil trial of former President Donald J. Trump. Stefanik, who serves as the Chair of the House Republican Conference, did not hold back in expressing her concerns about Engoron’s conduct. In a letter addressed to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, Stefanik highlighted what she perceived as inappropriate bias and judicial intemperance on the part of Judge Engoron in the lawsuit against Trump and the Trump Organization.
Stefanik, a devout Republican, went on to criticize Judge Engoron for his failure to uphold the defendant’s rights to due process and a fair trial. With Trump being a leading candidate for President of the United States, Stefanik suggested that the judicial system is being politicized to sway the outcome of the campaign. In a fiery statement, she proclaimed that she had filed an official judicial complaint against Judge Engoron and condemned what she referred to as “radical Leftist judges in NY” engaging in corrupt practices.
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The Congresswoman backed up her claims of bias by pointing out several instances where she believed Judge Engoron had demonstrated clear favoritism. She mentioned Engoron’s remark that Trump was “just a bad guy” during a conversation with the former president’s attorney. She also highlighted how the judge allegedly ignored an appellate ruling against him, smiled and posed for the cameras at the start of the trial, and entered summary judgment against the defendant before the trial even began, disregarding disputed material evidence.
Stefanik didn’t stop there. She presented supporting reports for each complaint and accused Engoron and his staff members of being partisan Democrat donors, a violation of the NY Rules of Judicial Conduct. The Congresswoman specifically highlighted the donations made by Engoron’s principal law clerk, Allison Greenfield, arguing that they far exceeded the allowed limits set by the rules. Furthermore, Stefanik expressed her dismay at the judge’s response to Trump’s legal team raising these concerns, alleging that he issued an illegal gag order against the team and fined the former president for violating it.
In conclusion, Stefanik emphasized the broader implications of this case, stating that if Judge Engoron could mistreat a billionaire businessman, a former President of the United States, and the leading presidential candidate, then all New Yorkers should be concerned about what he could do to them. She warned that Engoron’s actions set a dangerous precedent, sending a message to New York business owners that judges will destroy their livelihoods if they disagree with their politics. Stefanik urged the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct to intervene and put an end to Judge Engoron’s alleged lawlessness.