Judge Arthur Engoron is now facing an ethics complaint.
Engoron is the judge who is overseeing the civil fraud case that New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) has brought against Trump. This is the case in which James has accused Trump of unlawfully inflating the value of some of his assets on financial documents.
U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) filed an ethics complaint with the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct against Engoron on Friday.
This morning, I formally submitted a judicial complaint against Judge Arthur Engoron for displaying inappropriate bias and unprofessional behavior in the disgraceful lawsuit filed by New York against President Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization.…
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) November 10, 2023
In the complaint, Stefanik accuses Engoron of "clear judicial bias."
"I write today to express my serious concerns about the inappropriate bias and judicial intemperance shown by Judge Arthur F. Engoron in New York’s lawsuit against President Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization," she wrote.
She continued, "This judge’s bizarre behavior has no place in our judicial system, where Judge Engoron is not honoring the defendant’s rights to due process and a fair trial. These serious concerns are exacerbated by the fact that the defendant is the leading candidate for President of the United States, and it appears the judicial system is being politicized to affect the outcome of the campaign."
Stefanik, in the complaint, highlights some of Engoron's "bizarre behavior," such as when Engoron made national news headlines for grinning at the cameras at the start of the trial.
The congresswoman, however, pointed to much more troubling things than this.
Stefanik, for example, wrote:
Judge Engoron has gone on to gag and fine President Trump for merely criticizing Judge Engoron’s law clerk, which is core political speech protected by the First Amendment. If anyone in America must have the constitutional right to speak out against the judge, his staff, the witnesses, or the process, it’s a defendant going through a process he believes is politicized and weaponized against him.
The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct will now investigate Stefanik's complaint.
Commission Administrator Robert H. Tembeckjian has put out a statement, saying:
All matters before the Commission on Judicial Conduct are confidential according to law, unless and until a judge is found to have committed ethical misconduct, and a decision to that effect is issued.
This is something to keep an eye on. But, it is probably highly unlikely that Engoron will be deemed to have done anything unethical.
Engoron is a Democrat, and the Democrats run the show in New York.