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House Judiciary Committee Chair Subpoenas Georgia DA who charged Trump in Georgia

February 2, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has taken decisive action, issuing a subpoena to District Attorney Fani Willis of Fulton County, Georgia. This move comes in response to troubling allegations that Willis terminated a whistleblower attempting to thwart the misuse of federal funds by a high-profile campaign aide.

Jordan’s move is part of a wider investigation by House Republicans into whether Willis utilized federal funds during her more-than-two-year inquiry into former President Donald Trump’s alleged attempt to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.

In a letter, Jordan accuses Willis of non-compliance with earlier document requests concerning the use of federal grant money in her office. The subpoena specifically seeks documents and communications related to the receipt and use of federal funds and any allegations of their misuse.

Willis’ office condemned Jordan’s requests, asserting that there is no constitutional justification for Congress to interfere in a state criminal matter.

The probe follows claims that the district attorney’s office retaliated against an employee who exposed the misuse of Justice Department grant funds by a top campaign aide. The employee alleged demotion after warning against misusing federal grant funds earmarked for youth gang prevention.

Jordan’s letter quotes a report stating the whistleblower was “abruptly terminated” and escorted out of the office by armed investigators two months after the warning. The allegations suggest a diversion of funds intended for at-risk youths to acquire items like Macbooks, swag, and travel.

The letter raises concerns about Willis’ supervision of federal grant expenditures and potential efforts to conceal the unlawful use of funds.

Despite a request for comment, Willis’ office remains silent on the circumstances surrounding the departure of the employee who raised concerns about the misuse of federal funds.

Adding to the complexities, Willis now faces heightened scrutiny over her prosecution of Trump in the Georgia election interference case. A co-defendant alleges improper benefits from the hiring of an outside attorney, purportedly in a romantic relationship with Willis.

 

 

Credit: NBC News

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