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Rep. Elise Stefanik Files Complaint Against Judge in Jan. 6 and Trump Cases

Rep. Elise Stefanik, a prominent member of House GOP leadership and a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump, has submitted a formal complaint alleging judicial misconduct against U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell, who has overseen various Jan. 6-related cases.

In Contention: Judge Howell’s Speech

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Stefanik’s complaint focuses on remarks made by Judge Howell during a speech at a Women’s White Collar Defense Association gala in November.

She contends that Howell’s statements were politically biased and inappropriate, calling for an ethics investigation into the matter.

“Highly Inappropriate”

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Rep. Elise Stefanik’s complaint centers on a speech delivered by U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell on November 27. Stefanik characterizes the speech as “highly inappropriate political speech”

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Election Interference

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She alleges that it contained partisan statements. She argues that the remarks were “plainly inappropriate, consisting of partisan statements, election interference, and improper extrajudicial statements while criminal cases are pending.”

No Comment From Howell

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Judge Howell has declined to respond to the allegations made by Rep. Stefanik. Additionally, a spokesperson for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has not provided an immediate response.

All About Facts

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During her acceptance speech, Judge Howell emphasized the importance of facts and made reference to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

She said in her speech, “As district court judges, we are all about the facts.”

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Reference to Jan. 6

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In this context, she referenced the January 6. incident. “My D.C. judicial colleagues and I regularly see the impact of big lies at the sentencing of hundreds, hundreds of individuals who have been convicted for offense conduct on Jan. 6, 2021, when they disrupted the certification of the 2020 presidential election at the U.S. Capitol,”

Consequences of Misinformation

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She highlighted the sentencing of individuals convicted in connection with the events of January 6, 2021, as a reflection of the consequences of misinformation.

The Department of Justice has charged more than 1,200 individuals in connection with the events of January 6, and over 700 have pleaded guilty to federal charges, according to official records.

Stefanik’s Concerns

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Rep. Stefanik raised concerns about Judge Howell’s reference to a passage from a book by author Heather Cox Richardson, interpreting it as evidence of politicization in Howell’s speech.

The passage suggested that the U.S. was “at a crossroads, teetering on the brink of authoritarianism,” which Stefanik believes aligns with Democratic campaign themes against Donald Trump.

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Insinuation of Fascism

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Stefanik asserted that Judge Howell’s speech indirectly insinuated that the re-election of President Trump would lead to fascism in America. She contends that such remarks contribute to election interference and erode public confidence in the federal judiciary.

Stefanik’s Past Actions on Judges

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This is not the first time Rep. Elise Stefanik has taken action against judges involved in cases related to former President Trump. In November, she filed a judicial ethics complaint against Judge Arthur Engoron, who presided over a civil fraud case against Trump.

Judge Howell’s Record

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Judge Beryl Howell, appointed by President Barack Obama, has been involved in cases related to Jan. 6 defendants and has ruled against arguments presented by Trump’s legal team. She also supervised the grand jury for the Mueller probe and oversaw indictments by special counsel Jack Smith.

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Rudy Guiliani’s Civil Defamation Case

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Currently, Judge Howell is overseeing the civil defamation trial of Rudy Giuliani, who was found liable for spreading conspiracy theories about two Georgia election workers. Jurors are currently in the deliberation phase of the case.

Howell previously served as chief judge for a seven-year term. The position of chief judge is currently held by James Boasberg.

Acknowledgment of Lisa Monaco Also Referenced

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During her acceptance speech, Judge Howell also acknowledged Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, who oversees all Jan. 6 cases.

Stefanik pointed to Howell’s remarks about Monaco as part of her complaint.

Judge Howeell said, “I’ve been in awe of how you remain a model of calm and grace when carrying enormous responsibility for the safety of so many. Not just in your current job, but in your prior national security role.”

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