Judge Tanya Chutkan is facing increasing criticism for her alleged bias in overseeing cases related to the January 6 Capitol riot. In a recently obtained transcript by journalist Julie Kelly, Judge Chutkan is accused of making prejudicial statements during the sentencing of a January 6 defendant. The transcript reveals that Chutkan referred to the protest as an “armed attempted overthrow of this government,” a claim that many argue is an exaggeration and lacks video evidence.
One specific claim made by Chutkan during the sentencing was that lawmakers inside the Capitol on January 6 saw “gallows being erected.” However, no video evidence has been found to support this assertion. Critics argue that Chutkan’s statements demonstrate a predetermined bias against the defendants involved in the Capitol riot.
This latest revelation comes as former President Donald Trump’s legal team has filed a motion in a DC federal court demanding Judge Chutkan’s recusal from Trump’s own January 6 trial. Trump’s attorneys argue that Chutkan, an Obama appointee, has already made up her mind about the events of January 6, which undermines her ability to impartially preside over the case.
The motion filed by Trump’s legal team cites a previous statement by Chutkan in which she described the Capitol protest as an attempt to “violently overthrow the government.” Trump’s attorneys argue that Chutkan’s prejudicial statements demonstrate a clear bias against Trump and his supporters.
Critics have also pointed out other instances of potential bias in Chutkan’s handling of cases. Noted attorney Techno Fog highlighted the judge’s differential treatment of defendants, including a meth dealer, compared to Trump. Chutkan reportedly granted the meth dealer a one-week deadline to respond to a protective order, while she gave Trump only one day to respond to a similar request.
Conservative commentator Mark Levin has joined the chorus of voices calling for Chutkan’s recusal. In a recent segment, Levin argued that the judge is “unqualified” to oversee the case against Trump and accused her of displaying a clear bias throughout the proceedings.
The controversy surrounding Judge Chutkan raises questions about the fairness and impartiality of the judicial process in cases related to the January 6 Capitol riot. As the trial of former President Trump approaches, the outcome of the motion for Chutkan’s recusal will be closely watched by both supporters and critics of the former president. The integrity of the justice system and the pursuit of justice for all parties involved hang in the balance.