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Stefanik files misconduct complaint against Obama-appointed judge over alleged election meddling

Congresswoman says Howell recently gave a speech in which she "insinuated the election of President Trump will lead to fascism in America."

Published: December 15, 2023 9:21am

Updated: December 15, 2023 9:24am

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik on Friday filed a judicial misconduct complaint against Obama-appointed Judge Beryl Howell alleging partisan speech and illegal election meddling.

The New York congresswoman filed the complaint with the Judicial Council of the District of Columbia Circuit.

She says Howell, who sits on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, recently gave a speech in which she "insinuated the election of President Trump will lead to fascism in America."

Stefanik also said Howell, nominated to the bench in 2009 by then-Democrat President Barack Obama, inappropriately allowed a public display of her "cozy personal relationships with her partisan friends who appear before her."

Among those cited by the congresswoman are Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco whom she says, "supervises the January 6 criminal prosecutions."

"I filed a judicial misconduct complaint against Judge Howell, because 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 announcing her filing of the complaint.

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