President Donald Trump filed a court motion on February 5, 2021, to recuse the judge overseeing a case involving alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The motion was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The case involves an allegation that a Russian company used social media to interfere in the election by supporting Trump’s candidacy and attacking his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
In the motion, Trump’s lawyers argued that the judge overseeing the case, Judge Rudolph Contreras, should recuse himself because he accepted an appointment to the FISA court, a federal court that oversees national security matters, shortly after the case was assigned to him.
The motion contends that Judge Contreras’ involvement in the FISA court could create an appearance of partiality and could undermine public confidence in the judicial system.
The motion further argues that the motion is necessary to protect the integrity of the judicial process.
A ruling on the motion has yet to be made.