Congressman Gaetz Calls for Investigation into Bias of Judge Tanya Chutkan

GOP Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is urging Congress to launch an investigation into Judge Tanya Chutkan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Gaetz alleges Chutkan has been conducting her court with open bias and partisanship, particularly in cases related to January 6, 2021.

Chutkan is currently presiding over the U.S. government’s case against former President Trump, who stands accused of attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

This high-profile case has drawn significant attention. Gaetz’s call for an investigation into Chutkan’s conduct adds another layer of complexity to the proceedings.

Gaetz’s concerns stem from Chutkan’s handling of the sentencing of individuals involved in the January 6th incident.

The judge has been known to hand out sentences that exceed those recommended by federal prosecutors. Gaetz, in his resolution, also accuses Chutkan of showing support for the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, some of which turned violent, while simultaneously criticizing the Capitol protest.

One particular instance that Gaetz highlights in his resolution is an October 4, 2021, sentencing hearing.

During this hearing, Chutkan expressed disagreement with a comparison made between the Capitol riot and the protests that followed the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in 2020.

Gaetz quoted Chutkan as saying, “People gathered all over the country last year to protest the violent murder by the police of an unarmed man … to compare the actions of people protesting, mostly peacefully, for civil rights to those of a violent mob seeking to overthrow the lawfully elected government is a false equivalency.”

Gaetz expressed deep concern over what he perceives as Chutkan’s blatant impropriety from the bench.

He told Fox News Digital, “Judge Tanya Chutkan’s impracticality of her tough sentencing of Jan. 6th defendants, despite openly supporting the violent Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, showcases not only a lack of impartiality but also a disregard for the sacred duty of a judge to uphold justice fairly.”

The tension surrounding the case continues to escalate.

A Texas woman was recently arrested for threatening to kill Chutkan if Trump was not reelected in 2024, according to multiple reports. This incident underscores the high stakes and intense emotions tied to these proceedings.

In response to these developments, Gaetz is introducing a resolution in the House to censure Chutkan and direct the House Judiciary Committee to probe her conduct.