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Judge Gives Melania Trump A Massive Victory Against Alvin Bragg

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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has been smacked down by a judge in his attempt to subpoena the emails of former first lady Melania Trump.

Judge Juan Merchan said that the subpoenas were too broad as they also included around a years worth of emails between the White House and the Trump Organization “more than two years of Trump’s travel itineraries, and emails between former Trump executive assistant Rhona Graff and Melania Trump, as well as from Graff to former director of Oval Office operations Keith Schiller,” CBS News reported.

“This request would yield significantly more responsive records than necessary,” the judge said as it pertained to the subpoena for Melania Trump’s emails.

CBS News reported.

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Merchan indicated in the ruling he would not block another subpoena in which Bragg’s office sought the lengthy videotaped deposition Trump gave to attorneys for writer E. Jean Carroll prior to a federal civil trial in which a jury found him liable for sexually abusing her. Portions of the deposition were played at the trial, but Merchan didn’t outright order the tape be turned over to prosecutors. Instead, he instructed prosecutors to ask the federal judge to clarify if the rest of the video is still protected by a confidentiality order put in place before the trial.

Judge Merchan’s order was issued on July 7, but was not made public until Thursday when it was filed by Bragg’s office in the Carroll case, along with a letter seeking input from the federal judge on the issue concerning the tape of Trump’s deposition.

Prosecutors “have demonstrated that the request seeks items that are relevant and material” to the New York criminal case, Merchan wrote.

The former president has not been a fan of Judge Merchan, who he believes is biased against him, and in June his attorneys filed a motion to demand he recuse himself from the case.

In the motion, Trump is demanding that the judge recuse himself because the former president doesn’t believe he can be impartial, Just the News reported.

“Trump’s attorneys submitted a filing to the court pointing to Judge Juan Merchan’s past role in a previous case in which he encouraged former Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg to cooperate against the former president, before noting the political and financial interest of the judge’s daughter in the case’s outcome,” the report said.

“Merchan’s daughter works for Authentic Strategies, a left-wing advertising group that Trump’s attorneys say stands to make money on the case, according to The Hill. The attorneys noted that the case’s outcome will likely affect political messaging during the 2024 electoral cycle and shape the ways Authentic works with its clients,” the outlet added.

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The filing also asks the judge to explain “what appear to be certain political contributions made by [Merchan] to candidate Joe Biden’s Presidential campaign and other political causes so that the defense can assess whether these donations separately warrant [the judge’s] recusal.”

According to records from the Federal Election Commission, a person named Juan Merchan, who is an employee of the New York court system, made political contributions totaling $35 in 2020. Out of that amount, $15 was donated to President Joe Biden’s campaign, Just the News noted.

“This case before this Court is historic and it is important that the People of the State of New York and this nation have confidence that the jurist who presides over it is impartial. Most respectfully, the foregoing facts compel the conclusion that Your Honor is not and thus should recuse,” insisted the former president’s legal team, the filing stated.

In May a Manhattan grand jury indicted Trump on 34 criminal charges of falsifying business records related to adult film star Stormy Daniels, Trump sent a payment to Daniels ahead of the 2016 election, allegedly to keep Daniels quiet about an affair the two of them had in 2006.

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