Stefanik Seeks New York AG’s Disbarment

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) announced this week that she would launch a formal complaint against New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) for what the representative argues is improper use of the law against former President Donald Trump. The move followed Stefanik also filing an ethics complaint against the judge overseeing a civil trial against the former president.

Stefanik wrote in her complaint against the New York attorney general, calling for her to be either disbarred or suspended for what the representative calls a “biased investigation” into the former president. She argued that James was “attacking President Trump through extrajudicial statements.”

Stefanik claimed that the attorney general engaged in more than 50 “highly inappropriate and prejudicial comments on social media.”

Her complaint “respectfully requests that the Attorney Grievance Committee conduct an investigation and issue an immediate interim suspension, disbar Ms. James as an attorney and counselor-at-law or suspend Ms. James.”

Stefanik further argued that James’ conduct “supports a compelling inference that she is deliberately intending to influence the outcome of the matter by creating a powerful media narrative pre-judging the defendants’ liability.”

In November the New York Republican filed an ethics complaint against Judge Arthur Engoron for his conduct during a civil case against the former president. Engoron presided over the same case brought by James regarding the management of the Trump Organization.

Stefanik wrote 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.”

She wrote that Engoron’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.”

Stefanik further argued that the “serious concerns” were made worse by Trump’s leading candidate status and that “it appears the judicial system is being politicized to affect the outcome of the campaign.”

Trump was found liable in the case and the judge is considering whether or not to fine Trump up to $370 million for his alleged actions.