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Fulton County DA hit with congressional investigation over Trump indictment: 'Your actions raise serious concerns'
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Fulton County DA hit with congressional investigation over Trump indictment: 'Your actions raise serious concerns'

The House Judiciary Committee is launching an investigation into Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) and the indictment of former President Donald Trump.

In a letter to Willis, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R) explicitly questioned her motivations for prosecuting Trump.

"Your indictment and prosecution implicate substantial federal interests, and the circumstances surrounding your actions raise serious concerns about whether they are politically motivated," he wrote.

Regarding questions about her motivation, Jordan raised five issues:

  • four days before the indictment was announced, Willis "launched a new campaign fundraising website that highlighted" her investigation into Trump;
  • the infamous forewoman of the special grand jury that Willis convened who bragged about subpoenaing Trump;
  • the allegedly accidental release of a document by a Fulton County clerk showing the forthcoming criminal charges against Trump hours before the grand jury officially voted;
  • a judge disqualified Willis from targeting Georgia Lieutenant Governor Burt Jones (R) in her investigation; and
  • Fulton County officials announcing they will process Trump at the local jail like any other criminal, including forcing him to take a mug shot and post bond.

Jordan also raised concerns about the timing of the investigation, noting that Willis wants to begin trial during the heart of primary season next spring.

Additionally, Jordan said the indictment "appears to be an attempt to use state criminal law to regulate the conduct of federal officers acting in their official capacities," which raises Supremacy Clause concerns. He also noted that Congress has a vested interest in the welfare of former presidents and possesses oversight power over federal funds distributed to local law enforcement agencies.

Finally, Jordan told Willis there are "questions about whether and how your office coordinated with DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith during the course of this investigation."

The top House Judiciary Committee Republican thus requested documents from Willis' office regarding its use of federal funds, documents or communications with the DOJ (including special counsel Jack Smith's office), and any documents and communications with any federal officials about her investigation.

In a one-sentence statement, Fulton County District Attorney's Office spokesperson Pallavi Bailey said, "We're declining to comment on that."

The letter was sent just hours before Trump is expected to surrender at the Fulton County jail. His bond has been set at $200,000.

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