Georgia Senate GOP Investigates Fani Willis
Georgia’s Republican senators have invoked a recently enacted law, Senate Bill 92, to lodge a complaint against Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, a Democrat. Willis is currently prosecuting former President Donald Trump and 18 others over accusations related to alleged attempts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results.
Introduced by Governor Brian Kemp in May, Senate Bill 92 establishes the Prosecuting Attorneys Qualifications Commission. This body has the authority to reprimand or dismiss district attorneys for various reasons, such as persistent legal violations or deliberate misconduct.
The complaint, examined by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday, was submitted by a collective of eight Republican senators, including notable figures like Senate Majority Leader Steve Gooch and state Senator Jason Anavitarte.
The senators accuse Willis of selectively handling cases to promote her political objectives and have requested the commission to start an inquiry and decide on suitable disciplinary actions. The document states, “Our justice system’s credibility is on the line, and the local community’s faith in the District Attorney’s Office has significantly diminished.” This complaint was promptly registered just after the new law became operational on October 1.
Interestingly, while the complaint doesn’t directly address Trump, it does highlight an increase in fatalities at Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, suggesting a possible link to Willis’s move to form a special grand jury targeting her political opponents while there’s a long-standing case backlog.
Willis, who has previously labeled the law as biased and vengeful, opted not to comment on the matter, according to a representative.
Despite being a strong supporter of Senate Bill 92 and having past disagreements with Trump, Governor Kemp questioned the timing and motive behind the accusations against Willis. He stated to the Journal-Constitution, “While there might be political undertones to some of her decisions, that doesn’t necessarily translate to illegality.”