Judge Chutkan declines to recuse herself from Trump 2020 election case
Driving the news: Chutkan said in her decision Wednesday that her statements "certainly do not manifest a deep-seated prejudice that would make fair judgment impossible — the standard for recusal based on statements with intrajudicial origins."
- Trump's attorneys argued in a court filing earlier this month that Chutkan should recuse herself because she has "suggested that President Trump should be prosecuted and imprisoned."
- However, Chutkan said in her decision that "justice also demands that judges not recuse without cause."
The big picture: Trump has repeatedly criticized Chutkan and accused her of wanting to see him "behind bars."
- Special counsel Jack Smith earlier this month filed a motion slamming Trump's request for a new judge to oversee the case, writing, "there is no valid basis."
- The Obama-appointed Chutkan has warned Trump against making "inflammatory statements" related to the case.
What's next: Trump's trial over alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election is scheduled to start on March 4 — one day before Super Tuesday, when more than a dozen states will hold nominating contests.
Editor's note: This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.