FIRST ON FOX: Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., is calling on Congress to investigate Judge Tanya Chutkan of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, accusing her of conducting her court with open bias and partisanship in handling cases of person associated with Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol.
Chutkan is also the judge overseeing the US government’s case against former President Trump for allegedly trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Before that, he made headlines for delivering sentences to Ene members. 6 crowd higher than those recommended by federal prosecutors. In his resolution, Gaetz also accused him of supporting the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, some of which were violent, while at the same time openly criticizing the unrest at the Capitol.
He is introducing a resolution in the House to both censure Chutkan and direct the House Judiciary Committee to investigate his conduct.
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“It’s very troubling to see a United States District Court judge show such a blatant lack of propriety from the court,” Gaetz told Fox News Digital. “Judge Tanya Chutkan’s impracticality in her harsh sentencing of the defendants on January 6th, despite openly supporting the violent Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, demonstrates not only a lack of biased but also disregarding the sacred duty of a judge to uphold justice fairly.”
One of the occasions Gaetz’s resolution focuses on is the Oct. 4, 2021 hearing, where Chutkan disagreed with the comparison made between the unrest in the Capitol and the protests after George Floyd was killed by a police officer. Minneapolis in 2020.
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“People gathered across the country last year to protest the brutal police killing of an unarmed man … to compare the actions of people protesting, mostly peacefully, for civil rights to the rights by a violent mob bent on overthrowing those lawfully elected. government is a false equivalent and ignores a very real danger that the January 6 riots posed to the foundation of our democracy,” Gaetz was quoted as saying by Chutkan.
Fox News Digital reached out to the DC court for comment but did not immediately hear back.
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Gaetz also said the man he convicted at the time, Matthew Mazzocco, was “a non-violent offender who spent just 12 minutes on the Capitol grounds and encouraged others to remain peaceful on January 6, 2021,” according to the text. of resolution. Chutkan sentenced Mazzocco to 45 days in jail for the misdemeanor charge.
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Trump and his allies in Congress and elsewhere have accused Chutkan of acting politically as the former president continues to plead not guilty to all four criminal charges against him. They filed similar accusations against Special Counsel Jack Smith and Biden administration officials at the Justice Department.
Tensions around the case are rising; a Texas woman was recently arrested for threatening to kill Chutkan if Trump is not re-elected in 2024, according to multiple reports.