Andrew Weissmann, a former federal prosecutor, blasted House Republican Conference chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y) on Friday after she filed an ethics complaint against Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron who is overseeing Donald Trump’s $250 million civil fraud case in New York.
During an appearance on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House, Weissmann called Stefanik one of Trump’s “enablers” in Congress and said her ethics complaint is “irresponsible”.
“She knows better,” Weissmann said. “And that is really– this idea that it’s constantly a step too far and it’s now normalized where you have somebody in Congress doing that and the judge is just doing his job. You may disagree with him. You can say that. You can say he’s missed evidence. But really? A complaint against him for doing his job? Beyond the pale.”
In a letter to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, Stefanik accused Engoron of showing “clear judicial bias” against Trump and displayed “bizarre behavior.” She asked that the commission take “corrective action to restore a just process and protect our constitutional rights.”
She also demanded that Judge Engoron recuse himself from the case.