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House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Fani Willis

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If Fulton County, GA District Attorney Fani Willis wanted the spotlight she has gotten it and then some.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan has issued a subpoena for Willis after a whistleblower claimed they were fired from her office for warning her about the misuse of a federal government grant.

“According to reporting about the whistleblower’s allegations, instead of using these federal grant funds for the intended purpose of helping at-risk youths, your office sought to use the grant funds to ‘get Macbooks,… swag, … [and] use it for travel.’ Moreover, the whistleblower’s direct supervisor stated that these planned expenditures ‘were part of [your]vision.’ 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.’ The whistleblower was in charge of ‘vetting, selecting, and securing [the FCDAO’s]grant partnerships’ and was ‘the only contact’ DOJ had with FCDAO. Less than two months after receiving this warning, you ‘abruptly terminated [the whistleblower] and had her escorted out of her office by seven armed investigators.’ These allegations raise serious concerns about whether you were appropriately supervising the expenditure of federal grant funding allocated to your office and whether you took actions to conceal your office’s unlawful use of federal funds,” a letter accompanying the subpoena said, The Washington Examiner reported.

Audio has leaked of a former employee warning Willis of another employee misusing federal funds and, months after this encounter, the whistleblower was fired and escorted from her office by seven security members, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

It was less than a year after Willis became the Fulton County DA that she met with whistleblower Amanda Timpson who informed Willis that she was demoted after warning a top Willis campaign aide to not misuse federal grant money that was allocated for a youth gang prevention initiative.

Timpson claimed that the aide, Michael Cuffee, wanted to use part of the $488,000 grant from the federal government to get “swag” computers and travel.

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“He wanted to do things with grants that were impossible, and I kept telling him, like, ‘We can’t do that,'” Timpson said when they met on Nov. 19, 2021. “He told everybody … ‘We’re going to get MacBooks, we’re going to get swag, we’re going to use it for travel.’ I said, ‘You cannot do that, it’s a very, very specific grant.'”

“I respect that is your assessment,” Willis said. “And I’m not saying that your assessment is wrong.”

But less than two months after that meeting Timpson was terminated and escorted from her office by seven armed investigators.

When Timspon filed a wrongful termination lawsuit the district attorney’s office said that she was fired because she was a “holdover” from the administration prior to Willis.

“This employee was a holdover from the prior administration. Management attempted to find a role she could fill, but was unsuccessful after transferring within the office three times. All of her supervisors found her performance to be inadequate. Her failure to meet the standards of the new administration led to her termination. We have not been served with the lawsuit and will not comment further except in court,” it said.

But Timspon, who spoke exclusively to the Washington Free Beacon, says there are similarities between her scandal and the other Willis’ scandal involving her alleged lover and employee Nathan Wade.

“My case and Nathan Wade’s case are very similar when you break them down point by point,” she said. “Ethical violations, abuse of power, and the misuse of county, state, and federal funds.”

The former employee said she wanted to warn Willis so that she would not be involved in a scandal.

“I wanted to make sure she knew because I didn’t want any scandal to be related to her. She immediately cut me off in the middle of my sentence and demoted me from the director of juvenile diversion to a file clerk,” she said to The Beacon.

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After that she was wary of Willis so during their next meeting she recorded the conversation.

“I knew it was me against the entire office,” she said. “If I didn’t get any hard evidence about what I was saying, everyone was just going to write me off.”

“I have been humiliated and retaliated against for doing the right thing,” she said in a Dec 7, 2021 email. “trying to protect your administration from scandal and advocate for the youth I was charged with working on behalf of.”

Willis responded to Timspion in a letter explaining that she had been terminated.

“As you know, you serve as an at-will employee with the Office of the Fulton County District Attorney,” the District Attorney said. “Please accept this correspondence as notice that your services to this office are no longer needed.”

Timpson said she was escorted from her office by seven armed investigators.

“I am 4’11” on my best day,” she said. “Who is so scared of me that you have to walk me out of the building by seven armed investigators? I’ve never had a warning about any negative behavior that would warrant someone feeling threatened by me.”

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