What could Elise Stefanik’s ethics complaint mean for Trump?

House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik filed an ethics complaint against Judge Juan Merchan, alleging the judge overseeing former President Trump's trial could have a conflict of interest when it comes to his daughter's role at a firm that represents Democratic politicians. 

Merchan’s daughter serves as the president of Authentic Campaigns, while Stefanik noted in the complaint that the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct "privately cautioned him in July over his illegal political donations to Biden and Democrats in 2020."

Stefanik further argued that Merchan should recuse himself from the trial, noting a "clear conflict of interest, based upon his adult daughter’s financial state in this unprecedented criminal trial, has badly damaged the court’s appearance of impartiality."

"I request that you investigate his conduct and impose whatever discipline is required," Stefanik said.

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