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House Judiciary Subpoenas Fani Willis Over Whistleblower

By    |   Friday, 02 February 2024 10:30 AM EST

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan on Friday subpoenaed Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis to demand she surrender documents from her office after allegations that she fired a whistleblower who was trying to stop a top campaign aide's misuse of federal funds.

The subpoena comes as Jordan, R-Ohio, and House Republicans continue their investigation into whether Willis had been using federal funds in her probe into former President Donald Trump, reported NBC News, which obtained a copy of the document.

Trump was indicted in Fulton County last year, and, along with several others, faces charges of trying to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. He has pleaded not guilty.

Jordan said in a letter Friday obtained by Newsmax that Willis did not comply with other requests of documentation concerning the spending of federal grant money, which led to the subpoena.

"The Committee's oversight of your office's use of federal grant funds is particularly relevant in light of public whistleblower allegations that it has misused federal funding," Jordan wrote. "According to a recent report, your office unlawfully 'planned to use part of a $488,000 federal grant — earmarked for the creation of a Center of Youth Empowerment and Gang Prevention' — to cover frivolous, unrelated expenses.

Willis, in response, said in a statement that Jordan was making "false allegations" centered around "baseless litigation" filed by a holdover employee who was fired for cause.

"The courts that have ruled found no merit in these claims," she said. "We expect the same result in any pending litigation."

Willis added that a Justice Department examination of the grant programs offered through her office will find that they have been "highly effective" and have focused on helping at-risk youth and sexual assault victims.

Willis' office responded to Jordan's demands last year in a letter stating that there is "no justification in the Constitution" that would allow Congress to interfere with a state criminal matter," reports NBC News.

The fired employee said she was first demoted after she told Willis she had warned one of the DA's campaign aides about the use of a federal grant that was earmarked for a youth gang prevention effort.

"The whistleblower has stated that she warned you that the use of the federal grant funds in this manner was "impossible" because the terms of the grant were 'very, very specific,'" Jordan said in his letter, adding that two months later after the whistleblower spoke with Willis, the DA's office office "abruptly terminated" the employee and had her "escorted out of her office by seven armed investigators."

Jordan said in Friday's letter that two months later, Willis' office "abruptly terminated" the employee and had her "escorted out of her office by seven armed investigators."

He also wrote that rather than using the funds to help at-risk youths, Willis' office "sought to use the grant funds to 'get Macbooks ... swag ... [and] travel.' "

The subpoena comes while Willis is facing scrutiny after she was accused of allegedly hiring a romantic partner, Nathan Wade, as an outside attorney for the Trump investigation.

Sandy Fitzgerald

Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics. 

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan on Friday subpoenaed Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis to demand she surrender documents from her office after allegations that she fired a whistleblower.
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