Former US President Donald Trump (2017-2021) presented a motion this Monday for the judge who will try him in Washington for election interference, Tanya Chutkan, to get out of the case.
“Now is not the time for the American people to question the impartiality of a judge. Rather, the Court must ensure that the public remains with unwavering confidence in its decisions and its commitment to a fair and impartial administration of justice,” he said in his brief justification of his request.
Trump has been charged in Washington with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction and attempted obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.
The indictment establishes that, after losing the November 3, 2020 election to Democrat Joe Biden, the former president began a conspiracy to “overturn the legitimate results” of the 2020 presidential elections with false allegations that there electoral fraud. and many strategies.
Chutkan decided on August 28 that the trial would begin on March 4, 2024. One day before Super Tuesday, the closest thing to a national primary in the United States, because more than a dozen Republican and Democratic states will hold tests together. internal elections to choose their presidential candidates.
Trump noted in his motion that the judge suggested, among other charges, that he should be charged and punished.
“Such statements, made before the start of this case and without due diligence, disqualify themselves,” he emphasized in a note in which he added that even if Chutkan was “truthful” seeks to give him a fair trial, his public position “inevitably taints this process. .” , regardless of the outcome.”
Trump asked the judge to leave the case to preserve “both impartiality and the appearance of impartiality” and demanded that his request be answered without delay.
The former president has been indicted on four criminal charges: two for election interference in Washington and Georgia, one in Florida for taking classified documents from the White House when he left office, and the fourth in New York for irregular payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels to silence during the 2016 campaign that they had an “affair” before.