Two of the judges on Monday brought up the case of a Texas woman charged with threatening to kill US District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is overseeing special counsel Jack Smith’s case against former President Donald Trump.
Circuit Judges Brad Garcia and Patricia Millett both brought up Abigail Jo Shry, who was charged in August after making the threat against Chutkan.
“The day after (Trump) said, ‘If you come after me, I’m coming after you,’ that threat issued,” Millett said.
“I strongly encourage the court to pull both the probable cause statement and the detention order from that case, where there’s evidence that that particular threatener – there’s no evidence of any reading of social media,” Trump’s attorney John Sauer said in response to the judges asking about the connection between Trump’s speech and the threat.
“That particular threatener is a unemployed, you know, mentally unstable, heavy alcoholic who sits on her couch drinking beer all day, according to her father. Never leaves the apartment, watches the news, not reads things on social media, watches the news on TV .. and makes angry, threatening calls,” Sauer said.
Shortly after Smith unveiled the federal charges against Trump, Shry called the chambers of Chutkan.
Shry left a voicemail message threatening to “kill anyone who went after former President Trump,” according to a criminal complaint.
The death threats also allegedly included racist comment against Chutkan, who is Black. Prosecutors said in court filings that Shry called the judge a “stupid slave n***er” in the voicemail.
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