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Napolitano to Newsmax: Rep. Jordan Subpoena of Willis 'Complex'

By    |   Friday, 02 February 2024 02:48 PM EST

The decision by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to subpoena Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis related to how her office spends funds is a "complex" area of the law, said former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano.

"Can the Congress interfere with a state criminal prosecution? Generally, No. They would have to wait until the state criminal prosecution is over. This is the argument that Fani Willis's lawyers will make when they move to quash the subpoena," Napolitano said Friday on Newsmax's "National Report."

"On the other hand, isn't Congress responsible for knowing how federal funds have been spent? Yes, it is responsible for knowing how federal funds have been spent. What federal funds? Well maybe the feds shouldn't be doing this, but the feds grant money to state and local prosecutors to use for a variety of programs that can be used to help victims of crime, improve the conditions in jail, to hire more prosecutors to prosecute crime.

"They want to know how she used those funds. They really want to know if any of those funds came back to her not directly, not in the form of cash, but in the form of a trip to Mexico with her boyfriend."

Willis and a special prosecutor she hired for the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald Trump were issued subpoenas Wednesday by a defense attorney who alleged that Willis and the prosecutor had an inappropriate romantic relationship.

Willis, an elected Democrat, hired Wade in November 2021 to help with her investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia. Since a Fulton County grand jury in August returned an indictment against Trump and 18 others, Wade has led the team of lawyers Willis assembled to prosecute the case.

Trump has seized on the allegations as he campaigns for the Republican nomination for president, trying to use them to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the case against him. Four co-defendants have already pleaded guilty in the case after reaching plea deals with prosecutors. Trump and the others who remain have pleaded not guilty.

Napolitano said Willis should get off the Trump case if she strongly believes in it.

"This could be prosecutorial misconduct if she intentionally had this relationship with this guy so that she could use government funds for a vacation," Napolitano. "It's not the type of prosecutorial misconduct that will result in the dismissal of the case. It'll delay the case. It will divert people's attention from the case, but it won't make the case go away."

Solange Reyner

Solange Reyner is a writer and editor for Newsmax. She has more than 15 years in the journalism industry reporting and covering news, sports and politics.

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The decision by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to subpoena Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis related to how her office spends funds is a "complex" area of the law, said former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano.
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