A Texas woman was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is presiding over January 6 conspiracy charges brought against Donald Trump in Washington, D.C.
A criminal complaint filed August 11 in the Southern Texas U.S. District Court stated a call was received in Chutkan’s chambers around 7:51 p.m. on Aug. 5.
“The caller’s introduction stated, ‘Hey, you stupid slave nigger,’ after which the caller threatened to kill anyone who went after former President Trump,” complained Department of Homeland Security agent Joshua Henry.
The caller continued with a direct threat to kill congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, all Washington, D.C., Democrats and all LGBTQ community members, agent Henry added.
“If Trump doesn’t get elected in 2024, we are coming to kill you,” the caller threatened, “so tread lightly, bitch.”
Henry noted that investigation determined the caller’s phone number was issued to a cellphone owned by Abigail Jo Shry of Alvin, Texas.
DHS agents made a “knock and talk” visit to Shry’s residence on August 8, the complaint revealed. Shry admitted she made the call to Chutkan’s chambers, agent Henry attested in the complaint.
“SHRY stated she had no plans to travel to Washington, D.C. or Houston to carry out anything she stated, adding that if Sheila Jackson Lee comes to Alvin, then we need to worry,” Henry explained in the court document.
Chutkan, who has been serving on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia since her appointment in June 2014, has found herself at the center of this troubling event.
Shry was detained Wednesday upon an order from U.S. Magistrate Judge Sam Sheldon of the Southern District of Texas, according to a Fox News report.
Chutkan, presiding over Trump’s trial for alleged conspiracy related to the J6 Capitol riot, has a reputation as the “toughest punisher” of defendants in J6 cases.
The Obama appointee has “consistently taken the hardest line against Jan. 6 defendants of any judge serving on Washington’s federal trial court,” according to an Associated Press report.