WASHINGTON — Today, the Article III Project (A3P) filed a complaint [PDF] against U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, who appeared on CNN last week in a segment attacking former President Donald Trump.

The complaint, written by A3P Founder and President Mike Davis to Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, pushed back against Judge Walton’s judicial misconduct by criticizing President Trump for his comments about the judge overseeing his case in Manhattan.

The complaint notes: “Canon 3A(6) of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges states: ‘A judge should not make public comment on the merits of a matter pending or impending in any court.’ Senior DC U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton clearly violated this Canon.”

As Davis told the New York Post, the goal of the complaint is “send a very clear message” to judges that they “cannot take off their political robes and climb into the political arena.”

“We are seeing a dangerous pattern in which DC federal judges, like Beryl Howell and now Reggie Walton, have convinced themselves they have a duty–unbounded by the judicial canons–to make extrajudicial pronouncements about President Trump,” said Davis in the complaint.

In conclusion, Davis said, “this is so much bigger than President Trump–or even one presidential election. These judges are setting a very dangerous precedent, which can get deployed against less wealthy and powerful defendants. The DC federal judges must get their house in order. Otherwise, Congress should do it for them.”

The Article III Project (A3P) was founded by veteran GOP operative and attorney Mike Davis, who, after helping win the Senate confirmation battles of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, developed the reputation as a “take-no-prisoners conservative eager to challenge the left with hardball tactics,” as reported in The New York Times.

A3P defends constitutionalist judges, punches back on radical assaults on judicial independence (like court-packing) and opposes judicial and other nominees who are outside of the mainstream. Davis previously served as Chief Counsel for Nominations to Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and led the Senate confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and a record number of circuit court judges.