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 June 5, 2024

New York Dismisses Stefanik’s Trump-Related Judicial Misconduct Claim

A recent complaint against a New York judge in a high-profile bank fraud case involving former President Donald Trump has been dismissed, marking a significant defeat for Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and her political efforts.

The Daily Beast reported that the dismissal by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct reflects ongoing disputes over Trump’s legal challenges and the judicial interventions by his supporters.

The conflict began when Rep. Elise Stefanik, a staunch MAGA supporter, filed a complaint against New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur F. Engoron, alleging bias in his judicial conduct. This accusation came shortly after Engoron issued a substantial financial judgment against Trump.

In November, Stefanik took to X, a social media platform, to publicize her concerns. She claimed that Justice Engoron exhibited "inappropriate bias and judicial intemperance," potentially affecting the fairness of judicial proceedings against Trump, who had been found liable for bank fraud earlier that February.

The judgment against Trump was not minor; it involved a whopping $364 million in relation to accusations of bank fraud, severely impacting Trump’s financial stability and influencing his ongoing legal strategies.

Engoron Cleared of Bias by State Commission

Despite the gravity of Stefanik’s accusations, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct found no basis to proceed with an investigation. According to a confidential document dated March 14, both Justice Engoron and his law clerk, Allison Greenfield, were cleared of any wrongdoing, leaving the political challenge by Stefanik unsuccessful.

The fallout from the decision was immediate, with significant commentary from both sides of the political spectrum. Stefanik's office, undeterred by the dismissal, continued to express discontent with the state's judicial system.

Alex DeGrasse, Stefanik’s executive director, criticized New York’s courts as "partisan, corrupt, and rigged," echoing a sentiment frequently shared by Trump's allies. This statement reflects the broader context of Trump’s legal entanglements, including an indictment in Atlanta related to election interference.

Furthermore, Trump’s struggle to secure a bond for the judgment highlighted the practical implications of the financial judgment against him. He ultimately had to settle with a questionable insurance company, adding another layer of controversy to his legal predicaments.

Broader Implications for Political and Judicial Conduct

Stefanik, in a lengthy 1,800-word post, called for New Yorkers to oppose what she termed as "dangerous weaponized lawfare" against Trump, alleging corruption among "radical Leftist judges."

Her critique extended to Judge Engoron’s conduct directly, labeling his actions in court as "bizarre and biased" and claiming they tarnished the reputation of New York’s judiciary.

The response from the judicial side was succinct, with Robert H. Tembeckjian, the commission administrator and counsel, stating that the commission dismissed the complaint after finding no substantial basis for the allegations presented.

In a related but separate event, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis accused another Republican politician of attempting to interfere with legal proceedings, highlighting a pattern of behavior among Trump’s allies aiming to challenge judicial authority.


In conclusion, the dismissal of the complaint against Justice Engoron not only upholds the judge’s integrity but also signifies the challenges judicial figures face amid highly politicized legal battles.

The resolution of this particular case leaves open questions about the intersection of politics and law enforcement and the extent to which political figures can and should influence judicial proceedings.

Written By:
Christina Davie

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