DOJ reportedly found 'inconsistencies' in DA Willis' reported use of federal grant funds, confirming allegations of misuse

 April 12, 2024

Georgia's Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is once again facing some potentially serious legal trouble, this time with the federal government.

The Justice Department revealed last week that it found unspecified "inconsistencies" in the reported use of federal grant funds by Willis' office, according to Breitbart.

That revelation seems to confirm the claims of misuse of federal grant funds by a whistleblower who previously worked for Willis as the grant director until they were suddenly fired in early 2022.

DOJ confirms "inconsistencies" found in review

The Washington Free Beacon reported on Wednesday that a spokeswoman for the Justice Department confirmed that certain "inconsistencies" were found during a departmental review of the use of federal grant funds by the Fulton County District Attorney's Office.

Last Friday, the DOJ spokeswoman told the outlet, "During our review of the award to respond to this inquiry, we have noticed some inconsistencies in what Fulton County has reported to [the Federal Subaward Reporting System] and we are working with them to update their reporting accordingly."

The review appears to have been triggered by questions raised by the Free Beacon following its reporting of the sudden firing by DA Willis of Amanda Timpson, who had served as the DA's grant director until she was terminated from that position in January 2022.

After being fired, Timpson became a whistleblower and raised allegations that Willis' office had misused a $488,000 federal grant to pay for things like computers, travel, and other "swag."

That grant, which totaled $488,594, was first awarded to the Fulton County DA's Office in October 2020 and was intended to be used for the construction and funding of a new Center for Youth Empowerment and Gang Prevention in Atlanta. However, the center was never opened and the grant ended in September 2023.

Willis facing threat of congressional contempt for defying committee subpoena

Meanwhile, in addition to the apparent confirmation that DA Willis' office is being reviewed by the DOJ over alleged misuse of federal grant funds, the Georgia prosecutor was already under scrutiny for that and more by the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee and Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH).

In March, Jordan sent a letter to Willis that threatened to begin contempt of Congress proceedings against her over her refusal to comply with a February subpoena from the committee that sought certain documents and communications related to the use and alleged misuse of federal funds.

That threat became necessary, the Free Beacon observed, after Jordan said that Willis had only turned over a "narrow set of documents," none of which had anything to do with the whistleblower's allegations.

For her part, Willis had stated that the demands from Jordan were "unreasonable and uncustomary" and intended only to harass her office and distract it from the ongoing effort to prosecute former President Donald Trump for alleged crimes in Georgia in the aftermath of the 2020 election.

Scandal-plagued prosecutor needs to answer questions

After the Free Beacon's report was published, Rep. Jordan shared it on his X account and wrote, "Were any federal funds used in Fani Willis’s investigation of President Trump? Were any federal funds MISUSED? Something isn’t adding up here. And taxpayers deserve answers."

Breitbart noted that this is just the latest of several scandals to hit DA Willis, who is still dealing with the fallout of the revelation of her previously undisclosed romantic relationship with now-former special prosecutor Nathan Wade as well as allegations that her office coordinated with President Joe Biden's administration in the targeted prosecutions of former President Trump as he seeks re-election.

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