House Republicans Probe Fulton County's Trump Indictments
Category: News & PoliticsVia: vic-eldred • one month ago • 114 comments
By: Shawn Fleetwood (The Federalist)
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on Thursday demanding the Democrat prosecutor provide answers over her indictment of former President Donald Trump and his associates.
"Your indictment and prosecution implicate substantial federal interests, and the circumstances surrounding your actions raise serious concerns about whether they are politically motivated," the letter reads.
Last week, Willis announced her office would be charging Trump and 18 of his associates for what she claims was an attempt to "conspire and endeavor to conduct and participate in criminal enterprise" to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Included in the bogus 98-page indictment are several acts Willis contends contributed to the "furtherance" of the so-called conspiracy, such as tweets issued by Trump encouraging people to watch Georgia legislative oversight hearings on TV and a text message asking for phone numbers sent by former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
In their letter to Willis, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee questioned the Fulton County DA's rationale for charging Trump and his associates and raised several examples indicating her prosecution of the former president is "politically motivated." Among those cited is Willis' purported launch of a new campaign fundraising site "that highlighted [her] investigation into President Trump" several days before her office indicted the former commander-in-chief.
Also referenced are public remarks by Emily Kohrs, the forewoman of the special grand jury convened by Willis, who openly bragged during interviews with regime-approved media "about her excitement at the prospect of subpoenaing President Trump and getting to swear him in." The letter also invoked the decision by Fulton County's superior court clerk to prematurely release "a list of criminal charges against President Trump reportedly hours before the vote of the grand jury."
While a statement issued by the court clerk's office originally claimed the document showing the charges against Trump was "fictitious," the clerk later asserted it was a "mishap" and that "when [she] hit save, it went to the press queue."
In explaining their rationale for federal oversight of the Georgia-based indictments, House Republicans referenced Willis' alleged attempt to "use state criminal law to regulate the conduct of federal officers acting in their official capacities," such as that of Trump and Meadows. The letter additionally raised questions about the involvement of Department of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith and whether Willis' office "coordinated" with Smith "during the course of [her] investigation."
"News outlets have reported that your office and Mr. Smith 'interviewed many of the same witnesses and reviewed much of the same evidence' in reaching your decision to indict President Trump," the letter reads. "The House Committee on the Judiciary (Committee) thus may investigate whether federal law enforcement agencies or officials were involved in your investigation or indictment."
As such, House Republicans are demanding Willis turn over any and all documents related to her office's "receipt and use of federal funds," communications with the Smith and the DOJ, and communications between her office and any federal agency regarding her investigation into Trump and his associates by Sept. 7.