Federal judge in Trump case is apparent victim of ‘swatting’ incident at her home
A caller reporting a fake incident drew police to a Washington, D.C., home linked in public records to U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan of Washington, D.C. Photo from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts via the Associated Press.
A federal judge overseeing the federal election-subversion case against former President Donald Trump was apparently a “swatting” victim Sunday night.
A caller reporting a fake incident drew police to a Washington, D.C., home linked in public records to U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, the Associated Press reports.
CNN and the New York Times also had stories, but they were based on anonymous sources.
Swatting happens when a caller falsely tells police that there is a crime being committed at a specific home, drawing police and possibly a Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT, team to the location.
The New York Times obtained an incident report that did not name the judge. It said that officers arrived at the home at about 10 p.m. Sunday. The officers were told that the person there was not injured, and no one was inside the home.
The New York Times reported that another federal judge, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the District of Columbia, was also the victim of an apparent swatting incident in July 2022. The incident happened the night before a hearing in which a Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot defendant entered a guilty plea.
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