Former President Donald Trump has filed a motion requesting that District Judge Tanya Chutkan recuse herself from a federal election subversion case brought against him by special counsel Jack Smith. Trump’s motion cites Chutkan’s past public comments in cases related to the January 6, 2021, protests, where she suggested that Trump should be prosecuted and imprisoned. Trump’s legal team argues that these statements create a perception of prejudgment that is incompatible with a fair justice system. If Chutkan denies the recusal request, Trump’s attorneys may petition an appeals court for her removal. Chutkan has previously handed down harsh prison sentences in January 6-related cases and ruled against Trump in a separate case related to the release of documents to the U.S. House’s January 6 committee.
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