Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg thought going after Donald Trump would put rocket boosters on his career.
Instead, his criminal case against the former President continues to crumble.
Now the political stunt Bragg thought was his biggest career triumph has morphed into his worst nightmare, as the Soros-backed DA got blindsided by an ethics violation over Judge Juan Merchan’s involvement.
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg found himself in a position to become the darling of the Democrat Party with news he planned to have Donald Trump arrested.
But that is backfiring.
Democrats had hoped to take down Donald Trump by waging “lawfare” against him in areas of the country with leftist judges and juries.
But that strategy is falling apart as the conduct of Judge Juan Merchan comes under scrutiny for his political contributions to Joe Biden’s campaign and other leftist groups in 2020.
According to allegations, Merchan violated New York State’s Code of Judicial Conduct with three different political donations he made during that election year.
“According to the FEC records, Merchan donated $15.00 to Biden for President — the campaign of Trump’s opponent, on July 26, 2020, via ActBlue,” Breitbart reported.
“On July 27, 2020, he donated $10.00 to Progressive Turnout Project, an organization dedicated to turning out Democrat voters, and $10.00 to Stop Republicans, a part of Progressive Turnout Project ‘dedicated to resisting the Republican Party and Donald Trump’s radical right-wing legacy,’ also via ActBlue,” the outlet noted.
The New York Code of Judicial Conduct is clear on this matter.
Section 100.5 states:
Neither a sitting judge nor a candidate for public election to judicial office shall directly or indirectly engage in any political activity except (i) as otherwise authorized by this section or by law, (ii) to vote and to identify himself or herself as a member of a political party, and (iii) on behalf of measures to improve the law, the legal system or the administration of justice.
New York University’s Stephen Gillers, a legal ethics expert and law professor, says Merchan’s donations were forbidden under the Judicial Code of Conduct.
“The contribution to Biden and possibly the one to ‘Stop Republicans’ would be forbidden unless there is some other explanation that would allow them,” Gillers explained during a CNN interview.
Gillers informed Breitbart the repercussions for Merchan could include losing his position as a judge entirely.
“Violations can lead to a warning, private discipline, public discipline, and more serious sanctions like removal. Serious discipline (e.g. removal) is decided by the N.Y. Court of Appeals,” Gillers noted.
Donald Trump and Merchan are well acquainted.
The judge has presided over three prior lawsuits involving the former President and has taken flak for allegations of bias as he consistently rules against Trump.
Those concerns are only bolstered by the fact that his daughter worked for Kamala Harris’ Presidential campaign.
Donald Trump had complained about Merchan’s approach in the past saying that it’s impossible for him to get a fair trial in Manhattan.
The reasonable assumption that the deck is stacked against Trump inside the Manhattan courtroom is only fueling public skepticism of what looks like nothing more than a political stunt on the part of Democrats.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.