Trump ally slaps complaint against federal judge who trashed ex-prez on CNN

A significant ally of Donald Trump has filed a complaint on Tuesday against a Washington, DC, district judge who made an appearance on CNN last week and made disparaging remarks about the former president.
Davis filed a complaint with the DC Circuit Court of Appeals’ Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan.
Back then, Trump had posted things claiming Judge Merchan was “totally compromised” and had “acute Trump derangement syndrome.”. Additionally, he took issue with Loren Merchan’s dubious assertions regarding her social media usage.
According to Davis, it is not possible for an astute observer to peruse President Trump’s social media posts and conclude that he has issued any comparable threats.
For instance, neither the judge’s nor his adult daughter’s home addresses were disclosed by President Trump.
Additionally, President Trump did not support unlawful demonstrations outside of their residences. Apart from his appearance on CNN, Walton, a judge based in Washington, DC, has called Trump a “charlatan,” asserting that “power is his only concern” and raising doubts about his ability to concede defeat.
He went on, “Judge Walton’s blatant infraction taints four distinct juror pools, which is extremely prejudicial to President Trump.”.
Judge Merchan renewed the gag order he had previously placed on Trump on Monday, preventing him from disparaging the court staff, prosecutors, witnesses, etc. to encompass the relatives of the judge.

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A significant ally of Donald Trump lodged a complaint on Tuesday against a Washington, DC, district judge who made an appearance on CNN last week and made disparaging remarks about the outgoing president.

US District Judge Reggie Walton publicly criticized the 45th president during an appearance on the cable news network where he discussed Trump’s attacks on the Manhattan judge in charge of his “hush money” case.

A conservative advocacy group called the Article III Project was founded by Mike Davis, who denounced Walton’s CNN appearance as “judicial misconduct.”. “.

According to Davis’ 13-page complaint, “we are seeing a dangerous pattern in which DC federal judges, like… Reggie Walton, have convinced themselves they have a duty — unbounded by the judicial canons — to make extrajudicial pronouncements about President Trump.”.

The Chief Judge of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, Sri Srinivasan, received Davis’ complaint.

In an interview with The Post, he stated that he wanted Walton to face consequences and that this would “send a very clear message” to other judges—particularly those in Washington, DC—that they “cannot take off their political robes and climb into the political arena.”. “.

Davis drew attention to a clause in the Code of Conduct for United States Judges that states judges are not allowed to “denigrate public confidence in the judiciary’s integrity,” according to his complaint. “.

“It is much worse when another judge believes it is his duty to moonlight as a CNN commentator on a criminal case that is pending in another judge’s court,” he continued, particularly if the judge is a sitting federal judge.

Walton offered his opinion on Trump’s Truth Social tirade against Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan, whose daughter Loren Merchan leads the progressive political consulting firm Authentic Campaigns, located in Chicago, last Thursday when he appeared on CNN.

Trump claimed in posts at the time that Judge Merchan was “totally compromised” and had “acute Trump derangement syndrome.”. “.

Additionally, he took issue with Loren Merchan’s dubious assertions regarding her social media activity.

According to Walton, speaking to CNN, “it’s very unsettling to have someone making remarks about a judge, and it’s particularly problematic when those remarks are in the form of a threat, especially if they are directed at one’s family.”.

Walton went on to recall that he and his daughter had previously received threats, and he cautioned about the difficulties that can arise when defending the rule of law.

Trump, according to Davis, “articulated the reason why he believes he will not receive a fair trial” under Walton, refuting Walton’s claim that Trump threatened Merchan.

According to Davis, it is not possible for an astute observer to peruse President Trump’s social media posts and conclude that he has issued any comparable threats. For instance, President Trump did not dox the judge’s and his adult daughter’s home addresses. Additionally, President Trump did not support unlawful demonstrations outside of their residences. “.

The DC-based judge has previously referred to Trump as a “charlatan,” stated, “I don’t think he cares about democracy, only power,” and questioned whether Trump would accept defeat in addition to his CNN appearance.

Walton, who has managed a number of Capitol riot cases, stated on CNN last Thursday, “I made the comments I made in the context of the sentencing I’ve imposed because I’m hoping what I say to the individuals I’m sentencing will resonate.”.

Walton’s public punditry, according to Davis, a former congressional aide who was instrumental in pushing conservative judicial nominees, was the incorrect course of action.

He wrote, “A prosecutor may charge the criminal defendant with witness tampering, obstruction of justice, and related crimes if the defendant really makes violent threats.”.

Attorneys who charge a criminal defendant of threatening violence against a judge for merely bringing up evidence of the judge’s possible bias signify that we have entered extremely dangerous territory as a nation. “.

Davis further warned that Walton’s actions could have poisoned a potential jury pool as the selection is set to commence on April 15 for the “hush money” case, in which Trump is facing 34 criminal counts.

“As it taints four different jury pools, Judge Walton’s blatant violation is highly prejudicial to President Trump,” he continued.

Davis cautioned The Post that Walton is putting himself in danger by going on CNN and creating a “slippery slope where you can do this to politically disfavored defendants.”. “.

He emphasized that he would take the same stance against conservative judges who were going to disparage a well-known Democratic criminal defendant on national television.

Trump revealed a story over the weekend that was originally published by The Post and described how Loren Merchan’s clients profited from the ongoing criminal case against the former president.

Judge Merchan renewed his gag order against Trump on Monday, which forbade him from disparaging the court staff, prosecutors, witnesses, or anybody else. , including the relatives of the judge.

According to Davis, “Trump correctly understands that this is lawfare and election interference by these Democrat judges and prosecutors.” Davis told The Post that normally attorneys advise their clients, especially criminal defendants, to avoid public statements, especially criticisms of judges.

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