But Graham has come across the judge’s name before.
In fact, he voted to confirm her less than a decade ago.
Graham, in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday, argued that “any conviction” against Trump isn’t legitimate in the nation’s capital before claiming that Obama-nominated U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan “hates Trump.”
“The judge in this case hates Trump. You can convict Trump of kidnapping [Charles] Lindbergh’s baby in D.C.,” said Graham after the former president was indicted on four federal charges tied to the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection.
“You need to have a change of venue. We need a new judge. And we need to win in 2024 to stop this crazy crap.”
Several other active GOP senators also voted to confirm Chutkan including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has criticized her over the case. He said on his podcast that she has a “reputation for being far left” and argued that people can anticipate her being “relentlessly hostile” to the former president.
The donations in question go back to at least two years before Cruz’ “yea” vote for the judge, Federal Election Commission data reveals.
Other X users mocked the South Carolina Republican over his take on the case.