Trump asks judge in hush-money case to step aside

Lawyers for Donald Trump said the judge, Juan Merchan, has ties to Democratic causes and candidates


AHMED GABER, New York Times

Judge Juan Merchan at his office in New York County Criminal Court on Oct. 21, 2022.

NEW YORK - Former President Donald Trump is asking the judge overseeing his criminal case in Manhattan to step aside, citing ties between the judge's family and Democratic causes, Trump's lawyers said in a statement Wednesday.

The motion for recusal, which has not yet been filed publicly, represents the latest effort by Trump's lawyers to move his case away from the judge, Juan M. Merchan of state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

The Trump legal team also recently sought to shift the case, brought by the Manhattan district attorney, to federal court. On Tuesday, District Attorney Alvin Bragg filed court papers opposing that effort, and he is expected to oppose the effort to get Merchan to recuse himself.


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