(SNews) – Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has filed a formal ethics complaint against Arthur Engoron, the radical judge overseeing the politically motivated New York civil trial against President Donald Trump.
Stefanik, the No. 3 House Republican leader, is accusing the judge involved of exhibiting “bias” and “bizarre behavior” in the courtroom.
On Friday morning, Stefanik filed the complaint in a letter to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
“I write today to express my serious concerns about the inappropriate bias and judicial intemperance shown by Judge Arthur F. Engoron in New York’s lawsuit against President Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization,” Stefanik wrote.
“This judge’s bizarre behavior has no place in our judicial system, where Judge Engoron is not honoring the defendant’s rights to due process and a fair trial,” the letter continued.
“These serious concerns are exacerbated by the fact that the defendant is the leading candidate for President of the United States, and it appears the judicial system is being politicized to affect the outcome of the campaign,” Stefanik wrote.
This show trial is supposedly meant to determine whether the Trump Organization and its top officials knowingly misrepresented the value of multiple real estate holdings over the years.
Trump and his three adult children have all testified in a downtown New York City courtroom this month.
The get-Trump was brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, a career Democrat.
The case is now in a non-jury trial in Engoron’s court.
Trump allies have accused Engoron of acting with bias from the beginning of the trial.
Engoron was caught smiling when Cameras were still allowed into the courtroom in those initial moments.
Stefanik cited that and other reported incidents in her Friday letter.
She also called out the gag order Engoron imposed on Trump and his lawyers, citing a deluge of threats to himself and his staff since the trial started.
“Judge Engoron has gone on to gag and fine President Trump for merely criticizing Judge Engoron’s law clerk, which is core political speech protected by the First Amendment,” Stefanik said.
“If anyone in America must have the constitutional right to speak out against the judge, his staff, the witnesses, or the process, it’s a defendant going through a process he believes is politicized and weaponized against him.”
She also lashed out at him for valuing Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida “between $18 and 27.6 million.”
Stefanik and other experts have blasted the number as implausibly low.
“This is yet another example of why Judge Engoron demonstrated bad judgment by keeping this case, instead of sending it to the expert judges in the Commercial Division where it belongs,” she said.
“Judge Engoron’s bizarre and biased behavior is making New York’s judicial system a laughingstock.”
Trump himself has attacked Engoron on his social media app Truth Social.
Most recently, Trump accused Engoron of colluding with AG James against him.
When asked for comment on Stefanik’s letter, Commission Administrator Robert H. Tembeckjian said:
“All matters before the Commission on Judicial Conduct are confidential according to law, unless and until a judge is found to have committed ethical misconduct, and a decision to that effect is issued.”