The judge presiding over former President Trump’s multiple charges related to his attempts to legally challenge the 2020 presidential election comes from a family with a history of Marxist revolutionary activities in Jamaica. The judge’s family history was reported recently by the New York Post.
Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, appointed by President Obama, is the grandchild of Frank Hill. Hill was a communist revolutionary in Jamaica who, along with his brother Ken, was briefly incarcerated by the British governor of the island during WWII due to suspicions of “subversive activities,” the report notes.
Frank Hill is the father of Noelle Hill, who is Judge Chutkan’s mother, according to public records. Frank and his brother Ken were ousted from the People’s National Party of Jamaica for their communist beliefs, as reported by Jamaican media outlets.
Ken was described as “more pragmatic and less concerned with political theory” by Richard Hart in his 1999 book, “Towards Decolonisation: Political, Labour and Economic Developments in Jamaica 1938–1945.”
“Ken Hill, by far the most influential, was more pragmatic and less concerned with political theory than most members of the left. He probably began to consider himself a communist both as a result of the influence of his brother Frank and also his observation of the course of world events,” Hart wrote of the brothers.
Judge Chutkan has faced accusations from conservatives, who allege that she demonstrates political bias in her role. Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, for example, recently introduced a resolution seeking to censure and investigate the judge for “open bias and partisanship in the conduct of her official duties,” referencing her past remarks in support of Black Lives Matter protesters in 2020.
“Tanya Chutkan was appointed as a district judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia by President Barack Obama after donating thousands of dollars to get him elected,” a statement from Gaetz said.
According to official documents, Chutkan donated $1,500 to Obama’s campaign between 2008 and 2009.
Gaetz’s statement added that Chutkan “has inappropriately expressed support for violent protests that occurred in the summer of 2020, all the while handing down multiple tough sentences to non-violent January 6th defendants. Additionally, during a sentencing hearing in October 2022, she inappropriately lamented that President Donald Trump ‘remains free to this day.’”
Chutkan has been an extraordinarily tough judge on January 6 cases. The judge has consistently expressed the view that the incident was an attempt to overthrow the government, rather than a riot carried out by unarmed extremists with no means to capture and hold the government.
“People gathered all over the country last year to protest the violent murder by the police of an unarmed man. Some of those protesters became violent,” Chutkan wrote about the BLM protests in October 2021.
“But to compare the actions of people protesting, mostly peacefully, for civil rights, to those of a violent mob seeking to overthrow the lawfully elected government is a false equivalency and ignores a very real danger that the January 6 riot posed to the foundation of our democracy,” she said.
The BLM riots led to over twenty deaths, while the January 6 protesters did not provably kill anyone. Despite her obvious partisan bias, the judge has nonetheless been given free reign to decide January 6 cases. She now holds the fate of a presidential election in her hands.