The judge in the trial to remove 2024 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump from the ballot in Colorado, a trial that has no jury and will be decided by the judge, has been revealed to be a donor to Democrat candidates and causes through ActBlue.
According to Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent Byron York, the judge presiding over the case brought forth by the Washington DC-based Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is Sarah Wallace, who was appointed to her seat on Aug. 18, 2022 by Democrat Colorado Governor Jared Polis, and took her seat on January 10, 2023.
On Nov. 18, 2022, between being appointed and taking her seat, Wallace donated $100 to ActBlue, which was earmarked for Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock’s campaign.
On October 15, 2022, Wallace sent another $100 to ActBlue earmarked for the Colorado Turnout Project. The project’s mission seeks to replace Republican representatives with Democrat ones and "turn Colorado Blue once and for all."
"We formed shortly after Colorado Republicans refused to condemn the political extremists who stormed the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. In fact, Republican Representative Lauren Boebert (CO-3) even encouraged the violence," the group’s website states. "The Colorado Turnout Project aims to prevent violent insurrections by addressing this problem at its source– if we vote out pariahs like Representative Boebert, we can turn CO Blue once and for all."
Before her appointment, Wallace had contributed $250 to Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, $500 to Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser (D), as well as $200 to former Colorado governor and Democrat Senator John Hickenlooper.
In the trial, which began on Monday, attorneys for Trump objected to Wallace’s contribution to the Colorado Turnout Project, according to the Washington Examiner.
Trump’s legal team moved to have Wallace recuse herself over the donation, because the group concerned a specific subject of the trial, the January 6 riots at the Capitol.
Wallace told the team that she did not remember making the donation.
"I have no specific memory of this contribution," she said.
"I do not dispute that in October 2022, prior to taking the bench, I apparently made a $100 contribution to the Colorado Turnout Project," Wallace said. "That being said, prior to yesterday, I was not cognizant of this organization or its mission. It has always been my practice, whether I was entirely successful or not, to make contributions to individuals, not [political action committees]. While I have no specific memory of this contribution, it was my practice and my intention to contribute to an individual candidate, and not a PAC."
"I can assure all of the litigants that prior to the start of this litigation and to this day, I have formed no opinion whether the events of Jan. 6 constituted an insurrection, or whether Trump engaged in insurrection, or for that matter, any of the issues that need to be decided in this hearing," Wallace said. "If I did, I would recuse myself."
She then rejected the pretrial motion for herself to be recused.
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