“The defendant has failed to provide any evidence that Judge Chutkan is biased against him or that she cannot be fair and impartial in presiding over this case,” Smith wrote in the filing. “The defendant’s motion to recuse should be denied.”
Trump’s lawyers had argued that Chutkan should recuse herself because she has made critical comments about Trump and his supporters in the past. They also pointed to the fact that Chutkan was appointed to the bench by President Barack Obama, a Democrat.
But Smith argued that Chutkan’s comments about Trump do not demonstrate bias and that her political affiliation is irrelevant. He also noted that Chutkan has ruled against Trump in the past, which suggests that she is not biased against him.
“The defendant’s motion to recuse is based on nothing more than speculation and conjecture,” Smith wrote. “There is no evidence to support the defendant’s claim that Judge Chutkan is biased against him or that she cannot be fair and impartial in presiding over this case.”
Trump’s request to remove Chutkan is the latest in a series of legal challenges he has filed against the criminal investigation into his efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and has accused the Justice Department of conducting a politically motivated witch hunt.
However, the Justice Department has continued to investigate Trump’s actions, and Smith has been appointed to oversee the investigation and any potential prosecution.
The criminal investigation into Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election is one of the most important and high-profile investigations in the Justice Department’s history. The outcome of the investigation could have a significant impact on American democracy.
Trump and his allies engaged in a number of efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election, including filing numerous lawsuits challenging the election results, many of which were dismissed by courts, and pressuring state officials to overturn the election results.
Also, they are accused of making false claims about the election being stolen from him and inciting a mob of his supporters to attack the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory.
The House Select Committee investigating the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol has concluded that Trump engaged in a criminal conspiracy to overturn the election results.
The committee has also recommended that the Justice Department prosecute Trump for a number of crimes, including obstruction of an official proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and seditious conspiracy.
Special Counsel Smith is investigating Trump’s efforts to subvert the 2020 election, as well as his role in the January 6th attack on the Capitol.
Smith has subpoenaed a number of witnesses, including Trump’s former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and former Trump campaign adviser Steve Bannon. He has also seized phone records from Trump and his allies.
It is unclear when Smith’s investigation will be completed or whether he will recommend that Trump be indicted on any crimes. However, the investigation is ongoing and could lead to serious charges against Trump.