Trump Wants Chutkan’s Disqualification in Federal Election Case

( – Former President and presidential candidate Donald Trump filed a motion on September 11 that seeks to formally invalidate US District Judge Tanya Chutkan from overseeing over the federal election case against him. This one charges him with attempting to nullify the 2020 presidential election’s results.

The Republican leader argued in the court filing that the judge’s prior remarks appearing to mention his role in influencing the Capitol riot attack by his supporters, put her impartiality and neutrality in the case into question. Trump already said back in August that he was planning to seek the judge’s formal recusal and a venue relocation for this case.

Trump’s court filing cites a statement she made at a sentencing hearing for a Capitol riot defendant in 2022. Apparently, the judge suggested that the rioter’s main motivation was a “blind loyalty” to a person who is still “free.” Chutkan delivered these remarks after many defendants said they thought they were rioting in the Capitol because that’s what the former president wanted. Trump’s legal team argued that this remark indicated that Chutkan thought that the Republican leader must be “prosecuted and imprisoned.”

In the filing, Trump’s lawyers wrote that even when she “genuinely” wants to give the former president a “fair trial,” her public statements taint these proceedings. The presidential candidate has frequently attacked Chutkan on his Truth Social account since she was assigned to preside over his case.

Trump was charged by US Special Counsel Jack Smith with four felony counts for plotting to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. That is just one of four different criminal cases the former president is currently facing, as he runs for the GOP nomination in 2024.

Chutkan officially set a trial date in this case for March 2024 over the objections of Trump’s legal team, which wanted the proceedings to be in 2026. She also previously warned the former commander-in-chief about trying to influence potential witnesses in this case.

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