Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis gave a scathing response to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan’s demands for information about her investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. in Georgia, criticizing the Republican lawmaker for attempting to “interfere with an active criminal case,” according to a new letter released Thursday.
Jordan asked Willis to turn over all documents related to his prosecution of former President Trump and 18 others on charges related to election interference, based on his decision to investigate the case brought by the Georgia prosecutor that led to the former president’s indictment. Donald Trump and 18 others charged.
Willis, a Democrat, accused Jordan in her letter of overstepping his authority in Congress with his recent requests for information regarding his investigation.
Willis, responding to a letter Jordan sent late last month, said “there is no justification in the Constitution for Congress to interfere in a state criminal matter.”
Trump was charged in Fulton County last month with felony racketeering and numerous counts of conspiracy in a 41-count indictment, which named 19 defendants. Jordan announced that he would launch a congressional inquiry into the Willis investigation. shortly before Trump turned himself in at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta.
“The obvious purpose” of Jordan’s requests, Willis said, “is to obstruct criminal proceedings in Georgia and promote outrageous partisan misrepresentations.”
Willis said his public statements and recent letter “make clear that there is no legitimate legislative purpose for that investigation.”
“His job description as a legislator does not include criminal law enforcement, nor does it include oversight of a specific criminal trial because he believes doing so will further his partisan political goals,” the Georgia prosecutor said.
“Your letter makes clear that you lack a basic understanding of the law, its practice, and the ethical obligations of lawyers in general and prosecutors in particular,” Willis added.
He then wrote that while “settled constitutional law” allows him to “ignore your unwarranted and unlawful intrusion into an open state criminal proceeding,” he would respond to some parts of his original letter.
Willis also said that if people want to avoid charges for serious crimes in Fulton County, such as violations of the state’s racketeering, or RICO, laws, then they should not commit those serious crimes.
The prosecutor wrote that Jordan’s questioning of the length of the investigation and the timing of the indictment is “unfounded,” adding that he had no basis to imply that his office had inappropriately spent federal funds. He said his office receives federal funding from the Justice Department and warned that if Congress were to block that money, “you will decide to allow serial rapists to go unprosecuted, hate crimes to go unaddressed, and cancel programs to serve children in risk.”
Willis also listed a series of “suggestions for productive activity” from the Judiciary Committee, including that Congress should increase federal funding to approve rape kits and expand a program for children who have problems with the criminal justice system.
Finally, he said that because Jordan seems to have a vested interest in his office“should consider ordering the USDOJ to investigate the racist threats that have come to my staff and me because of this investigation.”
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Source: La Opinion