Trump could face "nemesis" judge one more time

Written by Jeppe W

Oct.18 - 2023 1:23 PM CET

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U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has been tasked with overseeing another case involving former President Donald Trump.

Besides managing Trump's federal trial on felony charges concerning the 2020 election subversion, Chutkan is now also handling a civil case that alleges Trump tried to overturn Joe Biden's 2020 Michigan win by disenfranchising Black voters.

A court document obtained by Newsweek on Tuesday shows that Chutkan—an appointee of former President Barack Obama—was given the case "by direction of the Calendar Committee" on October 6, taking over for Biden appointee Judge Ana Reyes, her colleague in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The assignment of Chutkan to another case involving Trump comes after the former president repeatedly referred to her as a "biased" and "highly partisan" judge.

Trump compared himself to notorious Chicago mob boss Al Capone while speaking about the gag order during a 2024 presidential campaign stop in Iowa hours later, claiming that Chutkan had dedicated her life to "not liking" him and vowing to go to jail "if that's what it takes."

"Her whole life is not liking me, but she gave a gag order," Trump said. "You know what a gag order is? You can't speak badly about your opponent. But this is weaponry all being done because Joe Biden is losing the election."