Republicans open probe of Fani Willis' investigation of Trump

August 25, 2023
Matthew Boose

House Republican Jim Jordan (Oh.) has opened an investigation into the witch hunt in Georgia against President Trump.

Trump was booked at Fulton County jail Thursday night and had an unprecedented mugshot taken, which he later posted on Twitter - his first tweet in almost three years. He was released on a $200,000 bond.

Ahead of Trump's arrest, Jordan sent a letter to prosecutor Fani Willis attacking her "politically motivated" efforts to jail the chief political rival of the Democratic party.

Jordan intervenes

Jordan began by noting the sweeping ambition of the indictment, which cites Trump's tweets, Trump's former chief of staff Mark Meadows asking for a phone number, and "numerous acts taking place in other states" as evidence of a "criminal enterprise" to overturn the 2020 election.

"Your indictment and prosecution implicate substantial federal interests, and the circumstances surrounding your actions raise serious concerns about whether they are politically motivated," he wrote.

The letter cites a number of red flags, pointing to Willis highlighting her investigation of Trump on her campaign website, the bizarre and mysterious leak of the indictment hours before it was announced, and the giggly grand jury forewoman who gushed over her role in a media tour, drawing backlash from liberals who feared she jeopardized the case.

Coordination with Smith

Jordan also questioned the timing of the indictment, which was filed two and a half years into the investigation, just in time to interfere with Trump's presidential campaign.

"Moreover, you have requested that the trial in this matter begin on March 4, 2024, the day before Super Tuesday and eight days before the Georgia presidential primary," Jordan wrote.

Jordan also raised concern about Willis stepping on "federal interests" by targeting an American president under state law - and questioned whether she coordinated with Jack Smith, the federal prosecutor who brought federal charges against Trump for challenging he 2020 election.

Willis is pursuing Trump and 18 "co-conspirators," including Meadows and lawyers like Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman, under Georgia's racketeering, or RICO, law.

Jordan requested that Willis hand over any communications between her office and the Department of Justice, including Smith's office, by September 7.

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