Attorneys argue Juan Manuel Merchan should recuse himself due to conflict of interest from daughter’s work for leading Democrats

Lawyers for Donald Trump have demanded the judge in the former president’s New York criminal trial, Juan Manuel Merchan, step aside because of what they say is bias and a conflict of interest arising from his daughter’s work for leading Democrats.

In April, Trump pleaded not guilty to the 34 felony charges of falsifying business records, arising from his $130,000 payment to the adult film star Stormy Daniels, who claimed an affair he denies, shortly before the 2016 election.