Former Republican President Donald Trump has called for Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows to disqualify herself from rendering a decision on whether he should be allowed to stand as a candidate in Maine’s GOP primary election.
“President Trump requests that the Secretary disqualify herself from this matter because she has already concluded that President Trump engaged in insurrection — a determination that she made well before the submission of evidence or argument in this current matter,” attorneys for Trump stated in a letter.
Trump’s letter links to social media posts made by Bellows, a former left-wing legal activist and Democratic state senator.
In those posts, Bellows asserts that Trump is guilty of “insurrection”; however, the former president has never been found guilty by the U.S. Senate or any court for any crimes related to insurrection.
“Because the Secretary has exhibited a personal bias in this matter, she should disqualify herself from further proceedings,” the letter states.
The proceedings were started as the result of complaints from three former state lawmakers, including the former socialist Mayor of Portland.
Bellows was originally expected to announce her decision regarding Trump’s eligibility for the Maine ballot last week, but that decision was delayed to this week due to the Dec. 18 wind storm.
A spokesperson for Bellows did not immediately answer questions about whether she would recuse herself from the proceedings.
After 5pm Wednesday, the Secretary of State’s office told reporters there would be no decision announced until Thursday or later.
Read the full letter here: