Trump plans to ask Jan. 6 judge to recuse herself and for trial venue to be moved

August 7, 2023

Former President Donald Trump said Sunday that he plans to ask the federal judge presiding over the case stemming from special counsel Jack Smith's indictment on fraud and conspiracy charges related to Jan. 6 to recuse herself from the case and for the case's venue to be changed.

"THERE IS NO WAY I CAN GET A FAIR TRIAL WITH THE JUDGE 'ASSIGNED' TO THE RIDICULOUS FREEDOM OF SPEECH/FAIR ELECTIONS CASE," Trump wrote Sunday in all capital letters on his Truth Social platform.

"WE WILL BE IMMEDIATELY ASKING FOR RECUSAL OF THIS JUDGE ON VERY POWERFUL GROUNDS, AND LIKEWISE FOR VENUE CHANGE, OUT [OF] D.C.," he also wrote.

D.C. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has already ruled against Trump in one Jan. 6-related case.

She also donated thousands of dollars to Barack Obama's re-election campaign and has given harsher punishments than the prosecution sought to 60% of the Jan. 6 defendants who have come through her courtroom.

It really does not seem like Trump will get a fair trial with Chutkan as the judge, but whether she will actually recuse herself is another matter entirely.