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Judge Tanya Chutkan won't recuse herself in Trump's election interference case

Chutkan wrote that she has "'never taken the position" that former President Donald Trump should be prosecuted and imprisoned, as Trump's team claimed.
Former President Donald Trump.
Former President Donald Trump had called on Judge Tanya Chutkan to recuse herself.Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images file

WASHINGTON — The federal judge overseeing former President Donald Trump's election interference case in Washington has denied his request that she recuse herself because of her comments in criminal cases against other Jan. 6 defendants.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan wrote in her opinion that her comments in other Jan. 6 cases, which Trump's team took issue with, "reflect the information and arguments presented by the defense in each case."

Chutkan wrote that she "has never taken the position the defense ascribes to it: that former 'President Trump should be prosecuted and imprisoned.'" Trump faces charges in four separate indictments. This case is one of two federal cases being prosecuted by special counsel Jack Smith, who was named in November.

"Based on its review of the law, facts, and record, the court concludes that a reasonable observer would not doubt its ability to uphold that promise in this case," Chutkan wrote.

Trump's trial is set to begin in March. Trump pleaded not guilty at a court appearance in early August.

Chutkan has warned Trump about not intimidating witnesses who might testify in the election interference case, and she faced threats herself over her handling of the case.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.