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Democrat Congressman Concerned That Trump Will Not Have Fair Election Because Of Trials

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A Democrat Congressman is sounding the alarm on the trials of former President Donald Trump and saying he is concerned that the former president may not have a “fair” election.

California Democrat Rep. Ro Khanna spoke to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt about the former president’s legal issues and how it may affect the 2024 presidential election.

Hewitt started by mentioning that U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan has set the start of the former president’s trial for March 4, the day before the Republican presidential primary’s Super Tuesday.

The radio host said that the date was a “terrible insult to our idea, our fundamental commitment to fair proceedings,” and asked the Congressman for his take.

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“Well, I’m not sure that that’s going to be the actual date at the end of the day. There’s appeals, there’s an ability to move it. I mean, let’s see what happens. So, but I’m not, I’m a member of Congress. It’s not for me to make the decisions on where the trial dates are going to happen,” he said. “My instinct on all of this is they’re not going to have trials in the middle of something that’s going to compromise a candidate’s ability who has real traction to have a fair fight. I just don’t see that happening in our country.”

“I am just amazed that we have four prosecutors who are Democrats running four cases in four different jurisdictions,” the host said. “I guess Jack Smith is one prosecutor doing two cases, and that blue America doesn’t seem to understand that red America thinks this is a complete setup job. Do you understand my concerns about this and how it looks?”

“Well, look, I talk to, obviously, Republican colleagues, and they feel that the timing of it is one which, where Trump, where the charges are too far. I believe that you have to follow the law, and some of the conduct alleged is very, very, very serious,” the Congressman said.

“And you can’t just say okay, because someone was president or someone is a candidate, that you’re above the law. Everyone is under the law, and that these allegations, the evidence needs to be pursued. But what we’re discussing is the timing. And I do think we need to make sure that in the timing, if Trump does emerge as the Republican nominee, that it does not compromise the ability to have a robust campaign schedule. And I imagine that the courts will take that into consideration if he is the nominee. You know, he may not be the nominee. I mean, that’s still, that has to be determined,” he said.

The federal judge assigned to oversee former President Donald Trump’s Jan. 6 case is overtly biased against him and has pronounced him “guilty” in several related cases that have come before her, according to a review of court transcripts.

Julie Kelly, writing for Real Clear Investigations, noted that U.S. District Court Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, who has developed a reputation for punishing Jan. 6 defendants beyond what even federal prosecutors sought, warned Trump, through his attorneys, that she won’t tolerate any politics in her courtroom.

“The fact that [Trump is] running a political campaign has to yield to the orderly administration of justice,” Chutkan said Aug. 11 during the first hearing on the case.  “If that means he can’t say exactly what he wants to say about witnesses in this case, that’s how it has to be.”

However, Kelly reported, “even as she warns Trump about his “inflammatory” language, Chutkan has routinely issued politically charged rulings and made incendiary statements of her own while presiding over some 30 cases involving Trump supporters charged in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, melee at the U.S. Capitol.”

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She noted that a review of “thousands of pages” of transcripts from hearings she has presided over revealed that Chutkan “has repeatedly expressed strong and settled opinions about issues” at the heart of Trump’s case.

These include her public statements affirming the integrity of the 2020 election, her assertion that the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol Building was attributed to Trump, and her strong suggestions that Trump is guilty of crimes. She has characterized the events of January 6 as a “mob attack” targeting “the very foundation of our democracy” and categorized the core matter of the case before her – Trump’s contention that the 2020 election was stolen – as a conspiracy theory, Kelly noted, adding:

Although judges often make comments from the bench, Chutkan’s strident language raises questions about her impartiality in handling the case against the presumptive GOP nominee for president in 2024. 

Kelly also noted that the U.S. Code guiding judges’ recusal from cases states: ”Any justice, judge, or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”

One main reason to recuse is if the judge has demonstrated “a personal bias or prejudice concerning a party.”

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