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House launches investigation into Georgia DA’s prosecution of Trump

 August 25, 2023

The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee has initiated aninquiry into Fulton County Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis, focusing on the rationale she used to initiate a prosecution of former President Donald Trump.

Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (OH-04) unveiled this probe on Thursday, as reported by Fox News.

In his letter directed at Willis, Jordan emphasized that the "indictment and prosecution implicate substantial federal interests, and the circumstances surrounding [her] actions raise serious concerns about whether they are politically motivated."

Jordan's Concerns on Willis' Fundraising

Jordan drew attention to Willis' recent fundraising activities in the letter, efforts that emphasized her ongoing investigation into the former president.

The lawmaker pointed out that merely four days before the indictment, Willis started a new campaign fundraising platform highlighting her probe into Trump.

Jordan also mentioned that the head of the special grand jury Willis formed to look into Trump had expressed enthusiasm about the possibility of having the former president testify under oath in a unique media appearance.

Additionally, the committee sought to know if Willis had any interactions or collaboration with the Justice Department, which has also indicted Trump on two separate occasions, CNN reported.

Jordan also questioned if federal funds were used by Willis to wrap up her investigation that resulted in Trump's fourth indictment.

Trump's Charges and Upcoming Court Procedures

In response to the state's investigation over his alleged maneuvers to influence the 2020 presidential election outcome in Georgia, Trump surrendered at Fulton County's detention facility in Atlanta on Thursday evening.

As a result of the 13 charges leveled against the former president, the court set his bail at $200,000.

Reports revealed that Trump experienced a swift procedural release soon after his surrender, and his formal court appearance, where a plea of not guilty is anticipated, will be scheduled in the next month.

Trump, just like others implicated in Willis' investigation -- including former Trump legal advisors Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis -- was required to sit for a mugshot, which was released to the media the same evening it was taken.

House Republicans Highlight Concerns

House Republicans are shedding light on the parallels between Willis' investigations and those led by Jack Smith, the Department of Justice special counsel. They underline media reports suggesting Willis and Smith shared common witnesses and evidentiary materials.

The letter from the committee highlights this by stating, "News outlets have reported that your office and Mr. Smith' interviewed many of the same witnesses and reviewed much of the same evidence' in reaching your decision to indict President Trump."

In line with their concerns, the committee is seeking comprehensive details from the district attorney's office.

This includes full disclosure on utilizing federal resources, correspondence with the Department of Justice and its branches, and any collaborative undertakings with executive branch officials.

The district attorney's office has been asked to provide all necessary documents by 10:00 a.m. on Sept. 7.