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Gov. Kemp strongly rejects call for special session to remove Fulton County DA who is prosecuting Trump
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Gov. Kemp strongly rejects call for special session to remove Fulton County DA who is prosecuting Trump

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) defended Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) on Thursday from threats to remove her from office.

Georgia state Sen. Colton Moore (R) is pushing for a special legislative session to remove Willis over what he believes is a politically motivated prosecution of former President Donald Trump.

But Kemp made clear at a press conference Thursday that Willis is staying put.

"Let me be clear: We have a law in the state of Georgia that clearly outlines the legal steps that can be taken if constituents believe their local prosecutors are violating their oath by engaging in unethical or illegal behavior," Kemp said. "Up to this point, I have not seen any evidence that DA Willis' actions, or lack thereof, warrant action by the Prosecuting Attorney Oversight Commission."

Removing Willis via a special session, Kemp added, is "not feasible and may ultimately prove to be unconstitutional."

"The bottom line is that in the state of Georgia, as long as I'm governor, we're going to follow the law and the Constitution, regardless of who it helps and harms politically," he promised.

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Still, Kemp expressed concern over Willis' decision to prosecute Trump.

"We are now seeing what happens when prosecutors move forward with highly charged indictments and trials in the middle of an election," he said. "Simply put, it sows distrust and provides easy pickings for those who see the district attorney’s action as guided by politics."

Not only does Kemp oppose removing Willis, but so does Georgia House Speaker Jon Burns (R). He informed his caucus this week that he opposes such action while also questioning its legal validity.

Trump, meanwhile, officially pleaded not guilty on Thursday to the criminal charges against him in the Peach State. He also waived his right to appear at arraignment.

Trump's legal team is also seeking to sever his case from co-defendants requesting a speedy trial. So far, only Kenneth Chesebro has a scheduled trial date, Oct. 23.

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