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The jury may be stacked in the impeachment hearing of disgraced former President Donald Trump, but it doesn’t appear he will find as many friends in the Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney’s office.
In late 2020, Georgia election officials had the eyes of the nation as they resisted pressure from Trump to commit election fraud. Reports detailing the depth of Trump’s potentially criminal desperation have left him vulnerable to indictment on state charges. In recordings, Trump threatens legal action against the officials if they don’t find the exact number of votes his campaign needs to cheat their way to victory.
In a series of letters to top Georgia officials, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis put Governor Brian Kemp, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Attorney General Chris Carr on notice – but not how you may think.
Willis stated the letters were not an indication her office plans to investigate Georgia government officials. Her focus is the array of crimes the officials and the people of Georgia were subjected to at the direction of Trump.
Willis says she does not know at this time if her office will initiate a prosecution into Donald Trump’s actions in the wake of his 2020 election loss, but she has made it known they will “begin requesting grand jury subpoenas as needed” beginning in March of 2021.
D.A. Willis: Detailed facts become important, like asking for a specific number and then going back to investigate and understand that that number is just one more than the number that is needed. It lets you know that someone had a clear mind.They understood what they were doing. pic.twitter.com/vH46bBaAyD
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) February 12, 2021
While on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show Thursday night, Willis revealed that she and her team have faced a growing number of threats since the letters were made public. According to Willis, the ”comments are always racist, and it’s really just a waste of time and foolishness. It’s not going to stop me from doing my job.” She adds, “I don’t think it’s an insult to remind me that I’m a Black woman.” The freshman DA has been in office for less than two months after unseating six-term incumbent Fulton DA Paul Howard in a historic primary election. Willis is the first woman to become Fulton County’s district attorney.
After her historic win, Willis said, “Y’all, we made herstory.” Willis campaigned on the promise of creating pre-indictment diversion programs, ensuring folks are not subjected to unjustified indictments, increased transparency and other criminal legal system reform programs.
Willis drew endorsements from community leaders like Fulton County Commissioner Khadijah Abdur-Rahman, the first Muslim woman elected to office in Georgia, and Atlanta City Council President and Atlanta mayoral hopeful Felicia Moore.