Chutkan was appointed by former President Barack Obama and has served as a district court judge since 2014.
Former President Donald Trump faces a third criminal indictment, this time for his role in trying to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election that sparked the Jan. 6, 2021 violence on the Capitol. .
Trump’s case in Washington, D.C. will be presided over by a black woman, District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
The Jamaican-born American was randomly assigned to the case in which President Trump was charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, two counts of obstructing voter authentication, and one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights.
Appointed by former President Barack Obama, Chutkan has been a district court judge since 2014. It is noteworthy that Mr. Chutkan received overwhelming bipartisan support in confirmation in the US Senate, with a vote of 95-0.
According to her biography on the court’s website, Chutkan graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and received a juris doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. During her time at Pen Law, she was Associate Editor of the Law Review and was also a Law Writing Fellow.
After graduating from law school, Chutkan spent 11 years as a public defender in the District of Columbia. As a trial attorney and supervisor, she tried more than 30 cases, including “a number of serious felony cases,” according to the district court.
Mr. Chutkan has presided over several cases related to the January 6 attack on the parliament building. If her verdict and statements suggest how she will preside over the Trump criminal case, the former president could face an eventful trial.
As previously reported by CNN, in November 2021, Chutkan announced that Trump would try to block the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 attacks from accessing more than 700 White House documents. Denied the president’s attempt.
Trump’s defense team argued that the House committee’s subpoena of the White House records violated executive privilege and exceeded Congress’ constitutional authority, but Chutkan said in the ruling that “the president Not a king and plaintiff (Trump) is not a president.”
“Plaintiffs have not acknowledged respect for the sitting president’s ruling,” Chutkan said in the 39-page ruling. “His position that the explicit will of the executive can be overridden seems to presuppose the idea that his executive power is ‘perpetually existing’.
Mr. Chutkan also issued a tough statement in the January 6 criminal proceedings against the alleged mobsters. At several sentencing hearings, she expressed grave concern that the Jan. 6 attacks set a precedent for future political violence. She also made clear that appropriate legal punishments should be given to those who seek to subvert the United States Constitution and the basic institutions of the state.
“Any attempt to block a peaceful transition or attack law enforcement agencies will be met with certain penalties,” Chutkan said at a sentencing hearing in December 2021.
At least once during his criminal sentencing, Mr. Chutkan referred to Mr. Trump when addressing one of the rioters, who said the mob “did not go to the Capitol out of love for our country,” but rather “because of one man.” I went to the
Chutkan also dismissed the comparison conservatives made between the Jan. 6 riots and the 2020 protests over racial justice after the murder of George Floyd.
“It is a false equivalence to compare the actions of people across the country who are protesting almost peacefully for civil rights to violent mobs seeking to overthrow their legally elected governments. ” she said.
she added, “[It] It downplays the real danger that the January 6th mob posed to our democracy. ”
At another sentencing hearing in January 2022, Mr. Chutkan clarified his position on the Jan. 6 attacks, which many claim were instigated by Trump.
“This was a violent attempt to overthrow the government…and it almost succeeded,” she said.
Jeren Keith Gaynor is a White House correspondent and political editor of theGrio.he is based in Washington DC
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