Sen. Vance Calls for Fed Investigation into Judge Merchan’s ‘Conduct’ in Trump Trial

Sen. Vance Calls for Fed Investigation into Judge Merchan’s ‘Conduct’ in Trump Trial

End of The Day Update. (TLB) ed. link below:

Jury in Trump Trial Dismissed for the Day After Deliberating for Hours


Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) is calling for a federal investigation into Justice Juan Merchan, arguing he deprived former President Donald Trump of First Amendment rights in the Manhattan business records trial.

Vance, who is reportedly in contention to be Trump’s running mate, penned a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday, calling for a probe into Merchan due to potential violations of sections 241 and 242 of Title 18.

“These statutes would seem to have quite a lot to say about the conduct of Juan Merchan, the New York trial judge and Democratic political donor who has set up a kangaroo court for Donald Trump in Manhattan,” he wrote.

The Department of Justice notes that Section 242 “makes it a crime for someone acting under color of law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.”

“It is not necessary that the offense be motivated by racial bias or by any other animus,” it adds.

Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) speaks at a press conference across the street from the Manhattan criminal court on May 13, 2024, in New York. (Stefan Jeremiah/AP)

Vance cites the sweeping gag order Merchan has imposed on Trump in the trial as a potential violation of this section.

The order prevents him from publicly discussing witnesses regarding their participation in the trial or investigation. This includes Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen. It also bars him from speaking publicly about District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s staff or the court’s staff, family members of either staff, and counsel in the case other than Bragg “if those statements are made with the intent to materially interfere with, or to cause others to materially interfere with, counsel’s or staffs work in this criminal case.”


The senator argued that Merchan has “done his best” to also “deprive” Trump of an impartial jury and that the judge has been “shameless” regarding the “admission and exclusion of evidence.”….


Header featured image (edited) credit: Judge Merchan/AP Photo/Seth Wenig /Vance/ (Stefan Jeremiah/AP)

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