On Sunday, August 6, 2023, the New York Post reported that former President Donald Trump asserted that he believes he won’t receive a fair trial in the election-meddling indictment he is facing. He demanded a different location and judge for the federal case, stating that there is “no possibility” of a fair trial under the current circumstances.

Trump mentioned that his legal team will be requesting the disqualification of Judge Tanya Chutkan from the Washington DC federal court, where she is presiding over the case involving the former president’s alleged efforts to obstruct the 2020 election. He asserted that there are compelling reasons for this request.

Judge Tanya Chutkan, the U.S. district court judge has already delivered a major legal setback to the former president, leading to an influx of evidence regarding his alleged attempt to undermine the 2020 election. This effort, for which the former president faced serious criminal charges, was considered one of the most significant challenges of his life.

Chutkan, who was appointed during the Obama administration, made a decision in the autumn of 2021 permitting the House Jan. 6 select committee to obtain a significant volume of documents from Trump’s White House. This ruling was subsequently affirmed by an appeals court and remained unaltered by the Supreme Court. The material retrieved, encompassing call logs, memos, internal strategy documents, and other records from Trump’s closest advisors, formed the core of the committee’s evidence and greatly influenced the public’s perception of his endeavor to secure a second term despite not winning the election.

Chutkan was chosen at random to oversee the third criminal indictment brought against Trump. In disagreement, Trump asked for another judge stating, “I cannot receive a fair trial with the judge ‘assigned’ to the freedom of speech/fair elections case.” He added, “Everybody knows this, and so does she! We will be immediately asking for recusal of this judge on very powerful grounds, and likewise for venue change, out of D.C.,”

Chutkan is known for being strict in dealing with Trump supporters involved in the January 6, 2021, US Capitol incident. She is widely seen as being more stringent than Florida federal Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, who is currently overseeing the case where Trump is accused of keeping classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach.

Judge Chutkan recently dismissed a request by Trump’s legal team for an extension to reply to the Justice Department’s plea for her to grant a protective order that restricts the extent to which he can publicly disclose information about the case.

 

Source: New York Post