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Reps. Jim Jordan, Elise Stefanik probe dismissal of misconduct complaint against DC judge over Trump comment

Reps. Jim Jordan and Elise Stefanik are investigating the dismissal of Stefanik’s misconduct complaint against Washington, DC federal judge Beryl Howell over probably prejudicial statements about former President Donald Trump’s legal case involving the 2020 election.

Jordan (R-Ohio), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Stefanik (R-NY) wrote a letter Monday to Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals requesting additional details about the standing of the complaint.

The workplace of the DC Circuit Executive initially claimed that the complaint had been “wrongly filed,” in accordance with a replica of the letter solely obtained by The Post, however the objection was nonetheless dismissed even after being resubmitted at the very least twice.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks during the House Judiciary Committee markup hearing to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress, Thursday, May 16, 2024, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Reps. Jim Jordan and Elise Stefanik are probing the dismissal of her misconduct complaint against Washington, D.C., US District Judge Beryl Howell for having made probably prejudicial statements about former President Donald Trump’s Jan. 6 legal case. AP
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Stefanik and Jordan have requested for a briefing with the workplace of the DC Circuit Executive on the dealing with of the complaint.

That workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for comment by The Post.

Representative Elise Stefanik, Republican of New York, listens during a House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing about antisemitism on college campuses, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on April 17, 2024.
The House Republican convention chairwoman and Judiciary panel chair have requested for a briefing with the workplace of the DC Circuit Executive on the dealing with of the complaint. AFP through Getty Images

Stefanik initiated the complaint in December after Howell, who oversaw grand jury proceedings within the case against Trump for allegedly conspiring to unlawfully overturn his loss to Joe Biden, delivered a speech on the Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) awards gala that steered the previous president was an “authoritarian.”

In the speech, Howell broached the subject of the “big lies” surrounding the 2020 election that led to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot — and quoted approvingly from historian Heather Cox Richardson’s e-book “Democracy Awakening” that the lies “are springboards for authoritarians.”

The judge additionally praised President Biden’s Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, who spearheaded the prosecutions of Trump in DC and Florida, the place the previous president was indicted final yr for allegedly hoarding nationwide safety paperwork.

Judge of the U.S. District Court of DC The Honorable Beryl A. Howell and Archivist of the United States The Hon. David S. Ferriero attend as National Archives Foundation honors Jon Meacham at The National Archives on November 17, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Howell delivered a speech on the Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) awards gala that steered the previous president was an “authoritarian.” Getty Images for National Archives Foundation

Biden, 81, was discovered earlier this yr to have willfully retained categorised paperwork after his vice presidency, however the Justice Department didn’t suggest bringing expenses, partially as a result of a jury was more likely to have seen him as an “elderly man with a poor memory” fairly than a devious legal mastermind.

Biden, House Speaker emerita Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and different Democrats have repeatedly denounced Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud within the 2020 election as “the big lie” he advised to his supporters.

“My DC judicial colleagues and I regularly see the impact of big lies at the sentencing of hundreds, hundreds of individuals who have been convicted for offensive conduct on Jan. 6, 2021, when they disrupted the certification of the 2020 presidential election at the US Capitol,” Howell mentioned, in accordance with NBC, after receiving the “champion award” alongside Monaco on the DC gala on Nov. 27.

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco attends the annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., May 15, 2024.
The judge additionally praised President Biden’s Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, who spearheaded the prosecutions of Trump in DC and Florida, the place the previous president was indicted final yr for allegedly retaining categorised paperwork. REUTERS

Stefanik in her Monday letter identified once more that Howell’s remarks “appear to violate Canon 2B of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges, which requires that judges ‘act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary’ and that a judge should not ‘lend the prestige of the judicial office to advance the private interests of the judge or others nor convey or permit others to convey the impression that they are in a special position to influence the judge.’”

Former President Barack Obama nominated Howell to the federal bench in 2010, and she or he served because the DC district court docket’s chief judge from 2016 till 2023. She is presently a senior judge on the court docket.

The Supreme Court is presently contemplating an enchantment within the Jan. 6 prosecution, as Trump’s attorneys have argued the previous president had immunity to contest 2020 election outcomes whereas in workplace.

Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. President Donald Trump attends trial at Manhattan Criminal Court May 20th 2024 in New York City.
The Supreme Court’s determination on Trump’s immunity declare is anticipated by the top of June, earlier than the excessive court docket goes into recess till the autumn. Steven Hirsch

The DC district and circuit court docket of appeals each rejected motions to dismiss the case based mostly on the immunity claims.

The Supreme Court’s determination is anticipated by the top of June, earlier than the excessive court docket goes into recess for the summer season.

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