Georgia’s Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is continuing to refuse to simply go along with the triumphant demands for information on her Trump probe from the GOP majority in the U.S. House — specifically Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who currently leads the House Judiciary Committee.
Jordan has sought materials from the Fulton County team like potential communications with various federal personnel that were relevant to the substance of Willis’ wide-ranging investigation into Trump, which resulted in criminal charges against 19 people. Though her actual answers have been longer, Willis said, essentially, “no.” She has outlined concerns that Jordan has simply failed to establish a basis credible enough for venturing outside the legal bounds leaving Congress to responsibilities other than direct law enforcement and resting with state authorities the handling of criminal justice matters. In a new response to Jordan dated October 11, Willis suggested he was perpetrating obstruction that would be criminally actionable if not for legal protections normally afforded to legislators.
“A charitable explanation of your correspondence is that you are ignorant of the United States and Georgia Constitutions and codes. A more troubling explanation is that you are abusing your authority as Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary to attempt to obstruct and interfere with a Georgia criminal prosecution,” Willis’ latest letter told Jordan, adding: “While you may enjoy immunity under the United States Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause, that does not make your behavior any less offensive to the rule of law. As the person chosen by the citizens of Fulton County to be their District Attorney, I serve them, and my team and I are exceptionally busy.”
She also repeated suggestions for action that could better serve the interests of everyday Americans, like boosting support for local law enforcement operations in areas like drug testing and examining cases of sexual assault. In an earlier letter (not this one), she also drew Jordan’s attention to threats she’s faced while simply doing her job, which constitute another area where Congressional action could be critical. Read this whole letter here.