On Monday, the presiding judge in the prosecution of former President Donald Trump rejected defense requests for a later trial date, and compared the mostly peaceful Capitol protests of January 6, 2021 with the 9/11 attacks and the Boston Marathon bombing.
According to reporting by journalist Julie Kelly in her Substack article “Declassified with Julie Kelly,” Judge Tanya Chutkan made the remarks to justify her decision to deny Trump’s counsel more time to prepare their defense in the landmark case.
And there you have it, folks.
Obama-appointed Tanya Chutkan just compared January 6 to Boston Marathon bombing and 9/11.
Insulting to the victims and legally illiterate. She isn't just crooked but painfully stupid. pic.twitter.com/IyiZ0tHrwD
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) August 29, 2023
“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. 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,”
Chutkan, who was first appointed to the federal bench by former President Barack Obama and has donated money to Democratic campaigns, has come under scrutiny for having a leftist political agenda.
J6 defendants have been rotting away in solitary awaiting trial for YEARS, but somehow Trump’s documents trial—which involves something like 60 million documents—magically gets scheduled for mid-2024? Mmmk. https://t.co/cB1vNp1qaY
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 28, 2023
Chutkan’s ability to properly conduct the upcoming trial has been questioned in light of her past claims that Trump should already be in prison. During the trial of a defendant from the January 6 protests, she claimed “(T)he 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 also claimed that the January 6 protests were more of a threat to the nation than the thousands of organized “antifa” and Black Lives Matter protests which wracked cities across the country during the summer of 2020.
She even used the "mostly peaceful" line to describe the BLM riots!
Time for this judge to recuse herself if she's got an ounce of integrity. https://t.co/CV24TFhcNj
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) August 14, 2023
Trump’s defense team had requested a later trial date in order to interview hundreds of witnesses and comb through nearly 12 million pages of evidence presented by the prosecution.