Trump Trial Judge’s Donations to Biden Are ‘Problematic,’ Ex-US Attorney Tells MSNBC

Former Southern California U.S. Attorney Carol Lam has warned MSNBC’s audience that the judge overseeing President Donald Trump’s criminal case made some problematic campaign donations, including to Joe Biden in 2020.

As Slay News previously reported, the judge presiding over Trump’s criminal case, Acting New York County Supreme Court Justice Juan Manuel Merchan, has made several pro-Democrat and anti-Republican donations.

Merchan’s daughter Loren also once worked for Vice President Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign.

Loren Merchan now runs a company that lists the Biden-Harris campaign as its top client.

And according to newly emerged Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings, Judge Merchan himself donated to Democrat President Joe Biden’s 2020 election campaign.

According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings, Merchan donated three times to ActBlue in the summer of 2020.

One of Merchan’s donations was made on July 26, 2020, and was earmarked for Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign, according to the FEC.

Another one of Merchan’s contributions was pledged to the Progressive Turnout Project (PTP).

PTP is a left-wing PAC that rallies voter turnout for Democrat candidates.

Merchan’s final donation was made to Stop Republicans, a PTP sub-project that’s dedicated to “resisting” Trump and the Republican Party.

MSNBC host Lindsey Reiser said: “We’ve also learned, during an FEC filing report, that Judge Juan Merchan, who presided over Trump’s New York arraignment, made a campaign donation to President Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign, it was for $15.

“Are the optics problematic here?”

Lam said: “I think the optics are a bit problematic.

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“To be clear, the donations were made in 2020, before Judge Merchan had either the Trump organization case assigned to him or, obviously, this case, but it is troubling optics.

“I think, for any judge to have made a political contribution, and then to have a party who is either the beneficiary or not the beneficiary of that political contribution before that judge in court.

“Now, it was a trivial amount of money and this is a trial-level judge.

“The judge, in this case, is not the ultimate trier of fact, the jury is.

“But the judge does call some balls and some strikes during the course of the trial, and if there’s a conviction, the judge is responsible for sentencing.

“That is all subject to review on appeal.

“However, it is probably not the best course of action for a judge to have made political contributions while a sitting judge, with the possibility that such cases can arise before him,” Lam said.

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David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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