A new report indicates that security for the judge who will preside over the trial of former President Donald Trump on charges of conspiracy and obstruction related to the 2020 election has been increased.
CNN reported without elaboration that additional security has been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan, and on Monday, deputy U.S. Marshals discussed security options for Chutkan.
The Marshals Service, which handles security for the court, issued a statement saying it “take[s] that responsibility very seriously.”
“Ensuring that judges can rule independently and free from harm or intimidation is paramount to the rule of law, and a fundamental mission of the USMS,” Marshals Service representative Drew Wade said.
“While we do not discuss our specific security measures, we continuously review the measures in place and take appropriate steps to ensure the integrity of the federal judicial process.”
Trump has protested the charges and impending trial via social media.
“Deranged Jack Smith is going before his number one draft pick, the Judge of his ‘dreams’ (WHO MUST BE RECUSED!), in an attempt to take away my FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS — This, despite the fact that he, the DOJ, and his many Thug prosecutors, are illegally leaking, everything and anything, to the Fake News Media!!!” Trump posted on his Truth Social platform.
That post followed a Sunday post in which Trump wrote on Truth Social, “THERE IS NO WAY I CAN GET A FAIR TRIAL WITH THE JUDGE “ASSIGNED” TO THE RIDICULOUS FREEDOM OF SPEECH/FAIR ELECTIONS CASE. EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS, AND SO DOES SHE! WE WILL BE IMMEDIATELY ASKING FOR RECUSAL OF THIS JUDGE ON VERY POWERFUL GROUNDS, AND LIKEWISE FOR VENUE CHANGE, OUT IF D.C.”
Chutkan’s sentencing of Jan. 6 defendants who appeared before her and ruling against Trump when he tried to prevent the House’s Jan. 6 committee from gaining access to documents have earned her the reputation of being a stern judge.
John Lauro, an attorney representing Trump, said on the subject of seeking a different judge, Trump’s layers have made “no final decision on that issue,” according to The Hill.
“It has to be really looked at with a fine-toothed comb. It raises a lot of issues,” he said.
Trump’s statements regarding his First Amendment rights are part of an ongoing dispute over a protective order, a legal document that specifies what a defendant in a case can say about the case in public.
In this instance, the team of special counsel Jack Smith requests that its terms and conditions be implemented prior to the commencement of the discovery phase. During this phase, the government is compelled to disclose much of the evidence it has against Trump with the defense so that the defense can prepare its case.
Friday’s social media post from President Trump was referenced in the government’s court filing for approval of its protective order.
“IF YOU GO AFTER ME, I’M COMING AFTER YOU!” Trump posted on his Truth Social platform.
“If the defendant were to begin issuing public posts using details — or, for example, grand jury transcripts — obtained in discovery here, it could have a harmful chilling effect on witnesses or adversely affect the fair administration of justice in this case,” the filing said.
Trump’s legal team stated that the remark was not directed at the election judge.