House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) sent a letter Thursday to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis demanding answers on whether her indictment of former President Donald Trump was politically motivated.
This letter comes the same day that Trump is expected to surrender to authorities in Atlanta, Georgia, to face the charges brought by Willis’ indictment that he formed a criminal racketeering enterprise along with 18 allies in an attempt to overturn the state’s 2020 presidential election.
“Your indictment and prosecution implicate substantial federal interests, and the circumstances surrounding your actions raise serious concerns about whether they are politically motivated,” the Judiciary Committee’s letter reads.
The Judiciary Committee raises several concerns regarding the circumstances surrounding the indictment.
First, that Fulton County DA Willis launched a new campaign fundraising website that highlighted her investigation into President Trump just four days before the indictment.
Second, that the forewoman of the special grand jury convened by Willis, Emily Kohrs, openly bragged in an Feb. 24, 2023 interview on Fox News about her excitement to subpoena and swear in Trump.
Third, the purported clerical error by the Fulton County Superior Court Clerk resulted in a list of criminal charges against the former president being released hours before the grand jury’s vote.
In their letter, the House Republicans also questioned whether the timing of the indictment was politically motivated.
Willis began her investigation in February of 2021, yet she did not bring charges against Trump until two-and-a-half years later, “at a time when the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is in full swing,” the letter reads.
“Moreover, you have requested that the trial in this matter begin on March 4, 2024, the day before Super Tuesday and eight days before the Georgia presidential primary,” Rep. Jordan wrote. “It is therefore unsurprising that many have speculated that this indictment and prosecution are designed to interfere with the 2024 presidential election.”
Additionally, the letter also asks Willis to address concerns that the indictment “appears to be an attempt to use state criminal law to regulate the conduct of federal officers acting in their official capacities,” such as the president making a call to state officials.
“The threat of future state prosecution for official acts may dissuade federal officers from effectively performing their official duties and responsibilities,” Jordan wrote.
The House Republicans are also seeking to uncover whether the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has used federal funds in their investigation into Trump, and whether Willis’ office coordinated their with Special Counsel Jack Smith, who has brought two federal indictments against the former commander-in-chief this year.
“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,” Jordan wrote. “The House Committee on the Judiciary (Committee) thus may investigate whether federal law enforcement agencies or officials were involved in your investigation or indictment.”
The Judiciary Committee is demanding Willis turn over the following documents for Congressional oversight by Sept. 7:
- All documents and communications referring or relating to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office’s receipt and use of federal funds;
- All documents and communications between or among the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and DOJ and its components, including but not limited to the Office of Special Counsel Jack Smith, referring or relating to your office’s investigation of President Donald Trump or any of the other eighteen individuals against whom charges were brought in the indictment discussed above; and
- All documents and communications between the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and any federal Executive Branch officials regarding your office’s investigation of President Donald Trump or any of the other eighteen individuals against whom charges were brought in the indictment discussed above.