Judge presiding over Trump's D.C. criminal case gets swatted

 January 8, 2024

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has been criticized by some legal observers over her handling of former President Donald Trump's Washington D.C. criminal case.

However, Chutkan had to contend with more than critical words this past weekend after someone told authorities that multiple victims had been shot at her house. 

Police officers arrived at judge's home

According to Newsweek, the incident played out on Sunday evening and was publicized by Lawfare correspondent Anna Bower.

"Tanya Chutkan, presiding judge in Trump’s D.C. criminal case, may have been the target of a 'swatting' call tonight," Bower wrote in a post on X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter.

"Police [and][ fire services responded to a reported shooting at a home in D.C. They found nothing. Per property records, Chutkan owns the home," she added.

Woman arrested for leaving threatening voicemail

Newsweek noted that an audio recording of the police response reveals that the caller said several people had been shot at Chutkan's Northwest Washington home.

What's more, the swatting attempt came roughly five months after a woman was arrested for threatening Chutkan over the phone.

Newsweek reported in August that federal prosecutors accused 43-year-old Abigail Jo Shry of calling Chutkan's office and leaving a voicemail in which she called the judge a racial slur before saying she would kill former President Donald Trump's enemies.

"If Trump doesn't get elected in 2024, we are coming to kill you, so tread lightly, b---h," Shry is said to have remarked before adding, "You will be targeted personally, publicly, your family, all of it."

Marjorie Taylor Greene's home swatted

Meanwhile, Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene told Fox News last week that her home had been swatted for the eighth time.

"You can see this video in my home where I had to go to the door in the middle of the night, where the SWAT team had showed up, they had gun[s] in hand," Greene was quoted as telling host Jesse Watters.

"They had been told that I had murdered someone and that I was ready to commit suicide and that I was willing to shoot police officers when they came into my house," she added.

"It's so serious that not only has it happened to me eight times, it's also happened to my family members," the congresswoman complained.

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