House Republicans Open Probe Into Trumps Georgia Indictment

( – Republican lawmakers are taking action after Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis indicted former President Trump and 18 others for allegedly scheming to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. Willis has accused the defendants of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act of Georgia.

Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jim Jordan, sent a letter to Willis on August 24th, demanding that her office turn over documentation of any federal funding that has been used to conduct the investigation. In addition, Jordan has demanded she turn over all communications between her office and officials from the Department of Justice. 

Chairman Jordan listed several activities that Willis claimed were in furtherance of the alleged conspiracy, including those of federal officials who were working in their official capacity. He noted that the indictment and potential prosecution are of significance to the federal government. He gave examples of such implications, such as the state’s attempt to criminalize the activities of federal officials and the government’s interest in the “welfare of former presidents.” 

Jordan also questioned the timing of Willis’ indictment since her order to preserve documents for the investigation was 2.5 years ago. He also pointed out that her request for a trial start date of March 4th, 2024, is one day before Super Tuesday and a week before Georgia’s primary election. Willis has since requested to move the trial date up to October after one of the defendants requested a speedy trial. 

Other actions by Willis and her office could indicate a politically motivated prosecution, including an incident that occurred just hours before the grand jury voted to indict the defendants. The exact 13 charges that were brought against former President Trump were posted to the court’s website earlier in the day, although only the District Attorney should have known about the potential charges at that point. Jordan listed this unusual occurrence as one of the reasons he believes an ulterior motive is possible. Jordan also questioned Willis’s decision to use her investigation into Trump as campaign material on a new website she launched just four days before the indictment was announced. Jordan has given Willis until September 7th to turn over the requested materials. 

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