The Trump family is furious over the work history of the judge’s daughter in Manhattan
Donald Trump’s family fumed over the work history of New York Judge Juan Merchan’s daughter ahead of his arraignment on Tuesday.
The former president surrendered to authorities in New York, where he pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of forgery of business records and conspiracy to commit silent payments. He made history as the first former US President to be indicted in a criminal case.
The indictments follow Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation into a hush-hush payment allegedly made to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election in connection with an alleged affair between her and Trump. Trump has denied the affair and has maintained his innocence.
Trump and his allies have attacked last week’s major injury charges, accusing prosecutors of engaging in a politically motivated “witch hunt” aimed at tarnishing his reputation if he sees the GOP presidential nomination. Trump’s conservative allies also tried to paint Merchan as politically biased even before the indictment.
Meanwhile, the Trump family has expressed anger at reports that Merchan’s daughter Loren worked on Vice President Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign. Conservative media outlet The Gateway Pandit reported that his daughter worked for Harris’ campaign during the 2019 Democratic primary, as well as for Authentic Campaigns, an agency that works on progressive campaigns.
In a post on his Truth Social platform just hours before the indictment, Trump mentioned Merchan’s daughter’s political connections and called for the trial to be moved from Manhattan — a deeply Democratic jurisdiction — to the more conservative Staten Island.
IN ADDITION, THE HIGHLY PARTISAN JUDGE AND HIS FAMILY ARE KNOWN TRUMP HATES. HE WAS AN UNFAIR DISASTER IN A PREVIOUS TRUMP-RELATED CASE, WOULD NOT RESET, GIVEN TERRIBLE JURY INSTRUCTIONS AND WERE IMPOSSIBLELY HANDLED DURING THE WITCH-HUNTING TRIAL DAUGHTER WORKED FOR “KAMALA” & NOW THE BIDEN-HARRIS CAMPAIGN. KANGAROO COURT!!!” Trump wrote.
Trump’s family members and allies argued that his daughter’s ties to Democratic politics indicated the court system was biased against the ex-president. Donald Trump Jr. tweeted, “Seems relevant…one more connection in this handpicked show trial of Democrats. The BS never ends folks.”
His brother Eric tweeted: “They are all handpicked. It’s all arranged in advance. This corruption is on another level.”
Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, one of Trump’s key congressional allies, appeared in Manhattan Tuesday morning to protest the indictment. She tweeted, “You can’t even imagine how corrupt this witch hunt is!”
Despite the Trump family’s concerns, others have praised Merchan, a sitting Justice on the New York Supreme Court. José Fanjul, a former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, narrated The New York Times that Merchan “is someone who reads every word on every page of every file and every footnote, and then the cases you cite him.”
Merchan handed Trump’s legal team a pre-charge victory and agreed videos should not be present in the courtroom. His lawyers had argued that the indictment’s broadcast would create safety concerns and a “circus-like atmosphere”.
Merchan was assigned the case because of a rotation in which judges are tasked with overseeing grand juries and the cases that result, according to the Associated Press.
Merchan also led a recent tax fraud case against the Trump Organization, which resulted in the company being found guilty last year, although the former president was not personally charged. During that trial, the judge said he wanted to keep politics out of the courtroom, the AP reported.
news week emailed the press office of the New York state court system for comment.
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