Texas woman threatens Judge Chutkan, who is hearing a case involving Donald Trump
Law enforcement officials have arrested a Texas woman for threatening a sitting federal judge and a member of Congress, who is running for mayor. Still, the woman said she was not a racist and didn’t mean it.
Abigail Jo Shry of Alvin, Texas, called the federal courthouse in Washington, DC, and left the threatening message — using a racist term for U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan — on Aug. 5, court records show.
Investigators traced her phone number and she later admitted to making the threatening call, according to a criminal complaint.
In the call, Shry, 43 told the judge overseeing the election conspiracy case against Trump, “You are in our sights; we want to kill you,” the documents said. Prosecutors allege Shry also said, “If Trump doesn’t get elected in 2024, we are coming to kill you.” She threatened to kill U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat running for mayor of Houston, according to court documents.
Trump has publicly asserted Judge Chutka, the former assistant public defender who was nominated to the bench by President Barack Obama. She is 61 years old.
Trump called her “highly partisan” and “ VERY BIASED & UNFAIR!” because of her past comments in a separate case overseeing the sentencing of one of the defendants charged in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.