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Rep. Elise Stefanik Files Complaint Against Judge Who Rules Against Trump in January 6th Case

On Friday, Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York requested an ethics investigation into a federal judge who has rendered decisions in cases involving Jan. 6 protestors and former President Trump, and who is presently supervising the defamation trial of Trump ally Rudy Giuliani.

Stefanik, an ardent supporter of Trump, condemned the remarks as improper for a federal judge and drew parallels between Howell’s remark regarding authoritarianism and the 2024 presidential campaign of Trump.

Stefanik claimed Howell had engaged in “judicial misconduct” during a recent speech they gave at a Women’s White Collar Defense Association gala.

“Judge Howell’s speech is plainly inappropriate, consisting of partisan statements, election interference and improper extrajudicial statements while criminal cases are pending — all barred by Canon 2B,” Stefanik wrote in her statement.

Seven years after assuming the role, Howell was succeeded as chief judge of the federal court in Washington, D.C. In March, Judge James Boasberg was appointed chief judge.

Howell supervised the grand jury that deliberated on the evidence and subsequently indicted Trump in his federal case of 2020 election subversion while serving in that capacity.

The judge is supervising a defamation lawsuit filed by two former Georgia election workers against former Trump attorney Giuliani, in which he leveled allegations of 2020 election fraud against them. Thursday, jury deliberations commenced in the case.

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