Video of Judge Alison Nathan – will preside over the Ghislaine Maxwell trial

The judge in Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial may be moving up to a federal appeals court, adding yet more uncertainty to the high-profile case.

US District Judge Alison J. Nathan will be recommended for an appointment to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Sen. Chuck Schumer announced Tuesday.

It’s not clear how the new role would affect the trial of Maxwell, the longtime friend and alleged madam of Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of helping him groom and procure girls for him to sexually abuse.

“Ali Nathan is an outstanding judge for the Southern District of New York and her experience, legal brilliance, love of the rule of law and perspective would be invaluable in ensuring the federal judiciary fulfills its obligation to ensure equal justice for all,” Schumer (D-NY) said in a statement.

In 2011, Schumer had recommended Nathan for her current job in New York City, as a judge in the Southern District of New York.