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 August 15, 2023

Trump loses bid to have judge in New York indictment recuse himself

Former President Donald Trump now faces four indictments, two from the state level and two federal. The most recent charges out of Georgia were announced this week. 

According to the Washington Examiner, Trump's lawyers took an unfortunate loss in their attempt to have the judge in the New York alleged hush money case thrown out, as the request was rejected earlier this week.

The petition was rejected by New York State Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan.

Merchan said in his ruling that Trump lacked sufficient evidence to convince him to recuse himself from the case.

"The speculative and hypothetical scenarios offered by Defendant fall well short of the legal standard," Merchan said.

The Examiner noted:

Trump was indicted by the Manhattan district attorney's office in April on 34 counts of falsifying business records, his first of three indictments. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, which stem from hush money payments that were made to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The charges marked Trump's first indictment, and Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg is still taking fire over what many legal scholars believe to be a flimsy case.

Trump has long charged that Bragg, and others behind his indictments, are only doing so to hamstring his 2024 presidential campaign, while using the historic news to bolster their own images.

The Examiner added:

The former president filed a request for Merchan's recusal in June, arguing that Merchan cannot be impartial after donating to then-presidential candidate Joe Biden and other left-leaning groups. Trump also claimed that Merchan's daughter, who runs a digital marketing agency working with Democratic candidates, could financially benefit from the case.

Trump was charged this week out of Georgia, where Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis leveled multiple serious charges against the former president.

The 45th president responded to the development in a number of Truth Social posts, including one announcing a report he'll read on election fraud that he believes cost him the election, while demanding all charges be dropped.

Only time will tell if Trump is able to convince the court to drop the case based on the evidence he plans to present, but in this current state where it's obvious he's being politically targeted, his chances are likely quite slim.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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