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Trump attorneys file for recusal of Judge Chutkan from federal election case


On Monday, Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 GOP, called for the recusal of US District Judge Tanya Chutkan from the 2020 election case brought forth by special counsel Jack Smith.


According to court filings, Trump's attorneys cited previous statements made by Chutkan while sentencing two defendants involved in the January 6th incident, suggesting that her remarks indicated a preconceived notion of Trump's guilt before he was even charged.


In the filing, Trump's attorneys argued that Judge Chutkan's previous comments, where she suggested that President Trump should be prosecuted and imprisoned, inherently disqualify her from presiding over the case. They further stated that regardless of the outcome, Chutkan's public statements would raise reasonable doubt about her impartiality and raise questions about her decision-making process.


The filing specifically pointed to comments made by Chutkan in October 2022, where she described the events at the Capitol as an attempt to violently overthrow the government, driven by blind loyalty to one person rather than loyalty to the Constitution, the country's ideals, and democratic principles.


Similarly, the filing referenced Chutkan's remarks from December 2021, where she noted that the defendant's actions were motivated by their dislike of the election result and their refusal to accept the transition of power.


By highlighting these instances, the filing aims to emphasize that Judge Chutkan's prior statements inevitably taint the proceedings, potentially undermining faith in her ability to approach the case impartially.


Overall, the filing contends that to ensure a fair trial, it is crucial to have a judge who demonstrates not only the intention but also the appearance of impartiality.

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