Judge in Trump’s DC election case is targeted by a false emergency call at her home

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Judge in Trump’s DC election case is targeted by a false emergency call at her home


January 8, 2024

A home owned by the judge overseeing the federal election subversion case against former President Trump was targeted by a hoax 911 call Sunday night, the latest in a wave of similar false swat reports at the homes of government officials in recent days.

Police in Washington, D.C. responded to a report of a shooting at a home linked in public records to U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan around 10 p.m. But officers soon learned that no shooting had occurred, the Metropolitan Police Department said Monday.

Chutkan has received numerous threats since she was assigned Trump’s case last year. In August, a Texas woman was arrested after calling the courthouse and threatening to kill Chutkan and other officials. Investigators traced her phone number and she later admitted to making the threatening call, according to court documents.

Sunday’s incident comes after a spike in beatings against prominent government officials during the holidays.

Swatting refers to prank calls to emergency services intended to provoke a police response, especially from a SWAT team, to the homes of unsuspecting victims, placing them in danger.

Those whose homes are targeted include Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Secretary of State Shenna Bellows of Maine, a Democrat whom Trump removed from the state’s primary under the Constitution’s insurrection clause .

Capitals and courthouses in several states were also targeted by bomb threats last week, prompting lockdowns and evacuations. No explosives were found and the FBI called the threats a hoax.


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Merrick Garland called the spike in threats “deeply troubling” Friday in comments ahead of a private meeting with top Justice Department leaders to address violent crime.

These threats of violence are unacceptable. They threaten the fabric of our democracy, he said.

Swatting refers to pranks on emergency responders that are intended to provoke a response from police, especially from a SWAT team.


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