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Trumped-Up Charges

WHO IS TANYA S. CHUTKAN? The Obama-Appointed Judge Overseeing Trump's Jan. 6 Case

posted by Hannity Staff - 8.02.23

Former President and 2024 GOP frontrunner Donald J. Trump has been indicted in charges stemming from the Jan. 6 probe headed by special counsel Jack Smith. The Judge appointed to oversee the case is Judge Tanya S. Chutkan —so what do we know about Chutkan? Axios breaks it down.

From Axios:

Chutkan has previously dealt with Trump, denying his 2021 motion to halt records from being turned over to the Jan. 6 committee, writing, “Presidents are not kings, and Plaintiff is not president.”

Chutkan has set tougher sentences than requested by the Justice Department in a number of cases involving Jan. 6 defendants, citing the necessity of consequences for taking part in the insurrection.

  • “There have to be consequences for participating in an attempted violent overthrow of the government, beyond sitting at home,” Chutkan said at one of their hearings.
  • She also denied Trump’s 2021 emergency motion to stop the National Archives from turning over his administration’s records to the Jan. 6 committee.

Of note: Federal judges are randomly selected to handle criminal cases.

Is it possible for Trump to get a fair shake?

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