Fani Willis, the District Attorney for Fulton County, Georgia, has faced criticism amid accusations suggesting a personal connection with a special prosecutor within her team.
The prosecutor is assisting her in the RICO case against ex-President Donald Trump and his associates. Allegations have surfaced that she terminated a purported whistleblower, leading to a subpoena from the House of Representatives.
Fani Willis received a letter and a subpoena from Jim Jordan (R-OH), the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on February 2nd. The Republican detailed assertions from a purported whistleblower who stated that a campaign aide for Willis, upon starting work for the county, expressed a desire to allocate federal funds towards “swag” and laptops instead of their designated purposes.
As per Jordan, the whistleblower asserted that she informed the county employee that allocating the funds for such purposes was unfeasible, considering they were designated for a highly specific purpose.
The funds, totaling close to $500,000, were intended for a program benefiting at-risk youth. The whistleblower alleged that they were terminated approximately two months later and escorted out of the building by security. Jordan requested comprehensive details regarding the expenditure of the funds.
Willis released a statement refuting the accusations, labeling them as false and attributing them to unfounded legal action initiated by a former employee from the prior administration, who was dismissed for valid reasons. Willis emphasized that a court had already determined the lack of merit in the ex-employee’s claims.
Previously, Jordan had sought information from Willis regarding her inquiry into the ex-president and 18 others. Trump faced numerous felony charges over allegations of attempting to influence the 2020 election.
On August 24, 2023, Jordan requested that Willis provide details about her inquiry into Trump. He sought all communications and documents resulting from interactions with the Department of Justice.
Furthermore, he sought all communications and documents pertaining to the utilization of federal funds by the Fulton County District Attorney.
Last year, Willis issued a strongly worded response to Jordan, rejecting his request and deeming it without merit. She asserted that his inquiry raised significant constitutional issues concerning the separation of powers and federalism. She further emphasized that the Constitution did not grant Congress the authority to intervene in a state criminal matter, as attempted by Jordan.
In the recent correspondence, Jordan highlighted Willis’ prior reluctance to voluntarily collaborate with legislators and emphasized through the subpoena that she had no alternative but to comply.