Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) supports the “need” for a new federal judge in the case accusing former President Donald Trump of attempting to rig the 2020 election.
But Graham has come across the judge’s name before.
In fact, he voted for her confirmation less than a decade ago.
Graham argued in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday that “any conviction” against Trump in the nation’s capital was not legitimate, and then claimed that Obama-nominated US District Judge Tanya Chutkan “hates Trump.”
“The judge in this case hates Trump. You can convict Trump of kidnapping [Charles] “Lindbergh’s baby in DC,” Graham said after the former president was indicted on four federal charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021 riot.
“You need a change of scenery. We need a new judge. And we need to win 2024 to stop this crazy crap.”
Several other active GOP senators also voted to confirm Chutkan, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has criticized her about the case. He said on his podcast that she has a reputation for being “far left” and argued that people can assume she is “relentlessly hostile” to the former president.
Cruz sarcastically wrote in a social media post that a report on Chutkan’s donations to former President Barack Obama’s Campaign and Victory Fund “beneficial.”
The donations in question predate Cruz’s “yes” vote for the judge by at least two years, federal election commission data show.
Other X users mocked the South Carolina Republican for his stance on the case.