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GA Senator Considers New Committee to Pressure DA Willis After Trump Indictments

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Georgia Republican lawmakers are going after Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis after being thwarted on impeachment by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

“Trump backers are going after Willis using a new state law approved by Gov. Brian Kemp that creates a state commission with power to sanction or oust prosecutors found to be neglecting their duties or responsible for an array of other violations,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

It comes after former President Donald Trump and 18 of his associates were charged with racketeering in an effort to change the results of the 2020 presidential election.

On Monday Sen. Clint Dixon said he was going to file a complaint against Willis in October when the Prosecuting Attorneys Qualification Commission begins proceedings.

He said that he believed “unabashed goal to become some sort of leftist celebrity.”

“Once the Prosecutorial Oversight Committee is appointed in October, we can have them investigate and take action against Fani Willis and her efforts that weaponize the justice system against political opponents,” he said.

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“This is our best measure, and I will be ready to call for that investigation,” he said.

The report said.

This scenario is what a coalition of opponents, including Willis and Democratic leaders, warned about during debate over the legislation. It passed this year, mostly along party lines, at the urging of Kemp and Republican Lt. Gov. Burt Jones, a Trump supporter whose candidacy last year was backed by the former president.

Kemp and Republican sponsors said it was designed to pursue “rogue prosecutors” who were ignoring their duties or flouting the law, avoiding overt mention of Willis. Even so, Democrats warned it would inevitably be used to target her for investigating Trump.

Kemp has responded to a request for a special session of the state legislature to begin impeachment against Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

The governor said that he had not been shown any evidence that State Sen. Colton Moore has the support of “3/5 of each respective house” to impeach the district attorney, Fox News reported.

“We have not been provided any evidence to support that assertion,” the governor’s spokesman, Garrison Douglas, said to Fox News.

The state senator sent the letter to the governor this week.

“As a Georgia State Senator, I am officially calling for an emergency session to review the actions of Fani Willis,” the state senator said. “America is under attack. I’m not going to sit back and watch as radical left prosecutors politically TARGET political opponents.”

“We, the undersigned, being duly elected members of the Georgia House of Representatives and Georgia Senate, and comprising 3/5 of each respective house, pursuant to Article IV, Section II, Paragraph VII(b), hereby certify to you, in writing, with a copy to the Secretary of State, that in our opinion an emergency exists in the affairs of the state, requiring a special session to be convened under that section, for all purposes, to include, without limitation, the review and response to the actions of Fani Willis,” he said.

After the governor’s comments about not seeing evidence for the required 3/5 vote of both houses of the state legislature, the senator responded to Fox News.

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“Tell Brian Kemp and his team to turn off CNN and open their eyes. I’ve done 25 TV, radio, and podcast interviews with one identical message: I need 3/5 of my colleagues to sign the letter,” he said.  “The people of Georgia want action, not more empty promises from fluff politicians.”

“Given the governor was subpoenaed in this case in November of 2022, our office will not be commenting further,” the governor’s office said in response.

CNN legal analyst Elie Honig believes that there is no way that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is going to get what she is asking for in her case against former President Donald Trump.

The district attorney has said that she wants to start the trial of the former president and 18 other defendants in March, but Honig said that is not going to happen.

“There is no planet on which this case will be tried in March, due to the logjam that we just saw,” he said to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

“Now we see all of these four different indictments and they’re all jockeying for very limited trial space, but the D.A. has asked to try this in March. First of all, there is an ongoing racketeering trial right now that the D.A.’s office is handling in Georgia. They are still choosing a jury, they’re seven months in. I know that sounds unbelievable, but state jury selection is way slower than in federal cases,” the analyst said.

“So, even if they start in March, they’d still be picking a jury on election day, so that is not happening. I understand what the D.A. is doing, she’s doing what prosecutors are trained to do, you always say, ‘We are ready to go, any day, we want to try everyone all together,’ but March is not happening for this case,” he said.

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