Hush money judge’s wife worked for NY AG Letitia James

by | Apr 4, 2024

Lara Merchan, the wife of the judge overseeing President Trump's New York “hush money” case, previously worked for New York Attorney General Letitia James, who brought the $350 million civil fraud case against Trump, prompting concerns about bias amid calls for the judge's recusal.

Records reveal that Ms. Merchan served for 21 years as a Special Assistant to the Attorney General in New York, with three of those years under Ms. James. She transitioned to a different position over two years ago.

James focused her AG campaign on President Trump, labeling him a “con man” and pledging to scrutinize his real estate dealings thoroughly. Shortly after assuming office, she initiated an investigation, eventually filing a lawsuit alleging that he misled banks and others regarding the value of his assets.

Judge Juan Merchan is presiding over a different criminal trial involving President Trump in New York. In this case, he faces accusations of falsifying business records to conceal a $130,000 payment allegedly made as “hush money” to an adult performer, purportedly to maintain silence regarding their alleged affair.

President Trump has rightfully accused Judge Merchan of bias and corruption, labeling the case against him as “election interference” and demanding the judge's recusal. Trump has also alleged that the judge's daughter, Loren Merchan, holds a partisan interest in the case due to her leadership role in a political marketing firm after it was discovered that she has represented his political opponents and received millions from them.

Paul A. Szypula, a prominent conservative commentator on X with a substantial following of over 140,000, remarked in a post, “And this is why they expanded the gag order on Trump. It's even more obvious how biased Judge Merchan is. He has to recuse himself now. There's clearly at least an appearance of a conflict here. That's enough in itself.”

The trial has been scheduled for April 15, marking less than two weeks until the commencement of the first-ever criminal trial involving a former American president, set to be held in Manhattan.

Source: ZeroHedge




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