U.S. Judge Tanya S. Chutkan — the judge presiding over former President Donald Trump’s case in Washington, D.C. — recently questioned the need to postpone a trial date, as requested by Trump’s legal team, while comparing the Jan. 5, 2021, Capitol protests to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
On X, formerly known as Twitter, Conservative commentator Julie Kelly reported on Chutkan’s comments in her Substack article, “Declassified with Julie Kelly.”
Absolutely preposterous. Chutkan, desperate to fast track Trump's trial, continues to challenge Trump's lawyer on his need to do his job.
Chutkan argues that he should have started preparing Trump's defense A YEAR AGO.
"Just like any other American," right, judge? pic.twitter.com/uB1Y9QeWXR
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) August 29, 2023
Trump is being accused of “inciting” the Capitol protests of Jan. 6, 2021. Special Counsel Jack Smith, whose wife worked with former First Lady Michelle Obama in producing a documentary, indicted the former president for his attempts to “overturn” the 2020 presidential election, One America News (OAN) reported.
Reports indicate that Chutkan’s comments came as she chose March 4th, 2024, as the trial date for Trump. Interestingly, the date falls just a day before Super Tuesday, an important day for 2024 GOP presidential candidates, with Trump currently being the front-runner.
According to transcripts, Chutkan said, “In rejecting the request of Trump’s attorneys for a later trial date that would push the case past the 2024 election and allow them more time to review millions of documents of possible evidence.”
“The trial will start three years, one month, and 27 days after the events of January 6, 2021. The trial involving the Boston Marathon bombing began less than two years after the events,” Chutkan said.
“The trial involving Zacarias Moussaoui for his role in the September 11 attacks was set to begin one year after the attacks, but due to continuances, appeals, and voluminous discovery, it began roughly four years later,” she added.
Many have argued that Trump is being politically prosecuted in every one of the four indictments he has faced. Regarding Chutkan’s role in the former president’s case, some have claimed she has a “Democrat-driven political agenda,” according to OAN.
“I see the footage of the flags and the signs that people were carrying and the hats they were wearing and the garb, and the people who mobbed that Capitol were there in fealty, in loyalty, to one man — not to the Constitution … It’s a blind loyalty to one person who, by the way, remains free to this day,” Chutkan told a Jan. 6 defendant in 2022.