Stefanik files misconduct complaint against DC judge over Trump comments

Stefanik files complaint against judge

Stefanik files complaint against judge that has presided over Jan. 6 cases over bias.

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has filed a misconduct complaint against a Washington, D.C. judge for a speech she gave criticizing former President Donald Trump.

Stefanik is criticizing Beryl Howell, who the congresswoman said insinuated that the election of Trump would lead to fascism in America. Stefanik also took issue with what she called “cozy personal relationships” with friends who appear before including the deputy attorney general overseeing the prosecutions of people charged in the Jan. 6 riot.

Howell’s remarks amounted to election meddling, Stefanik said.

“Election interference by judges destroys public confidence in the federal judiciary, tears apart the fabric of our Republic, and is illegal. It must end now,” Stefanik said in a statement.

Howell was chief judge of the Washington, D.C. District Court from March 2016 until March 2023.