Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has sent a scathing letter to U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, accusing him of interfering in a state case and pushing “outrageous partisan misrepresentations.” The letter was in response to a letter Jordan sent last month expressing concerns about the motivations behind Willis’ investigation and demanding certain documents. Willis, who brought charges against former President Donald Trump and 18 others over their efforts to overturn the results of Georgia’s 2020 election, accused Jordan of obstructing a Georgia criminal proceeding and violating the U.S. Constitution.
Willis highlighted the “inaccurate information and misleading statements” in Jordan’s letter, stating that there is no justification for Congress to interfere with a state criminal matter. A Fulton County grand jury recently returned a 41-count indictment against Trump and the others, charging them with state crimes under Georgia law, including violations of the state’s anti-racketeering law. The indictment alleges their participation in an illegal scheme to keep Trump in power after losing to Democrat Joe Biden.
Trump allies in Georgia and Washington have criticized Willis, accusing her of baselessly persecuting the former president and demanding her punishment. State Sen. Colton Moore has called for a special session to defund Willis’ office and consider her impeachment. However, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp dismissed these calls, stating that a special session is only possible with the support of a significant number of legislators.
Jordan’s letter demanded documents about federal funds received by Willis’ office, as well as communications between her office and the Department of Justice. He cited “federal interests at stake” and the need to determine if legislative reforms are necessary. Willis accused Jordan of lacking a legitimate legislative purpose and violating state sovereignty.
In response to Jordan’s concerns about federal funds, Willis provided a summary of programs funded by federal grants, including initiatives to process sexual assault kits, prosecute sexual offenders, and address hate crimes and at-risk children. Willis also urged Jordan to direct the Justice Department to investigate the racist threats she and her staff have received due to the investigation into Trump and others.
Willis filed a motion asking the judge in the case to protect future jurors and prohibit the creation or publication of images that could identify them. She cited the online posting of grand jurors’ information with the intent to harass and intimidate them, as well as the posting of derogatory and racist remarks targeting her and her family.
The trial involving Trump and the other defendants is yet to be scheduled, and it remains unclear if all 19 defendants will be tried together or in separate trials.