Rep. Jim Jordan, the House Judiciary Committee chair, has undertaken an investigation into the indictment of former President Donald Trump by Fulton County, Ga., District Attorney Fani Willis, aiming to determine whether the legal actions taken were driven by justice or partisan motives. The inquiry initiated in August has raised substantial concerns regarding the potential political motivations behind the indictment.
In a letter addressed to Willis, Jordan highlighted notable circumstances surrounding the indictment, pointing out the proximity between the launch of her campaign fundraising website emphasizing the investigation into President Trump and the timing of the indictment. He highlighted the deliberate pacing of the investigation that commenced in February 2021, raising concerns over the decision to delay charges for over two and a half years and scheduling the trial just ahead of crucial political events like Super Tuesday and the Georgia primary.
Regrettably, Willis has exhibited a lack of cooperation with the committee’s investigation, opting to sidestep compliance with requests while levying unfounded allegations against the committee to justify her noncompliance.
In a recent communication with Willis, Jordan disclosed that the committee discovered interactions between Willis’s office and Democrats on the House Select January 6 Committee to procure information for the Trump prosecution. Jordan highlighted a letter dated December 17, 2021, from Willis to Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the January 6 Committee, seeking access to congressional records pertinent to her criminal investigation.
Expressing concerns about potential collaboration between Willis’s office and the January 6 Committee, Jordan pointed to the committee’s controversial conduct, citing procedural abuses, due process violations, and fabrication and selective release of evidence. He emphasized the need for Willis to disclose any records obtained from the January 6 Committee, raising apprehensions about the integrity of her prosecutions if they relied on material sourced from a partisan committee known for its biases and selective information.
Jordan urged Willis to furnish all relevant communications between her office and the January 6 Committee, along with documents obtained from them, by December 19, 2023. The looming question remains: Will Republicans take a tougher stance if Willis fails to comply, despite the likelihood of her reluctance to do so?