Trump’s lawyers argued in a Monday filing that U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, should recuse herself from the case for past statements that they say make her appear biased, arguing her words indicate an “apparent prejudgment of guilt.”
This undated photo provided by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, shows U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan. Chutkan is initially assigned to the election fraud case against former President Donald Trump. (Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts via AP)
“Judge Chutkan has, in connection with other cases, suggested that President Trump should be prosecuted and imprisoned. Such statements, made before this case began and without due process, are inherently disqualifying,” Trump’s attorneys wrote in the filing.
Trump pointed to Chutkan’s prior statements that appeared to refer to Trump’s role in influencing the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters, prompting questions about her ability to decide his case impartially.