(CMR) A Texas woman was charged with threatening the Jamaican-born federal judge overseeing former President Donald Trump's election interference case.
Abigail Jo Shry (43) allegedly called the chambers for U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan and left a voicemail message on August 5, promising to “kill anyone who went after former President Trump.”
“You are in our sights, we want to kill you. Trump doesn't get elected in 2024, we are coming to kill you, so tread lightly, b****,” Shry allegedly said.
“You will be targeted personally, publicly, your family, all of it,” the voicemail continued.
According to NPR, the affidavit said Shry used both the N-word and “slave” to address Chutkan. She also “made a direct threat to kill” to kill Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat, as well all Washington Democrats, broadly, and all members of the LGBTQ community, according to the Department of Homeland Security special agent who signed the court filing.
Shry admitted to making the call when questioned but said she had no plans to travel to Washington, D.C., or to Lee's office in Houston to carry out the threats.
Shry faces one count of “communication containing a threat to injure the person of another” and was detained on Wednesday at the order of a U.S. magistrate judge.
Chutkan, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, was assigned randomly to Trump's case after a grand jury voted to charge him with conspiring to overturn the 2020 election results.
Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges and has attacked Chutkan on his social media platform Truth Social, demanding her recusal. After Chutkan warned him against making comments that could intimidate witnesses, he posted, “IF YOU GO AFTER ME, I'M COMING AFTER YOU!”