Fani Willis accused of firing whistleblower to hide misuse of federal funds

 April 12, 2024

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis gained national prominence last year when she indicted former President Donald Trump and an array of associates.

However, Willis is facing newly unmasked evidence that she fired a whistleblower who pointed to the misuse of federal funds in her office. 

Employee says campaign aide wanted to misuse gang prevention money

The Washington Free Beacon has released an audio recording of a 2021 meeting between Willis and Amanda Timpson, an official who was in charge of providing young offenders with "alternatives to the juvenile court system."

In it, Timpson can be heard saying that she was demoted after trying to stop a high-level figure in Willis' campaign from misdirecting federal money that had been allocated for youth gang prevention.

Timpson accused campaign aide Michael Cuffee of planning to use a $488,000 federal grant for "swag," computers, and travel expenses. "He wanted to do things with grants that were impossible, and I kept telling him, like, 'We can't do that,'" Timpson asserted.

Timpson was fired less than two months after speaking with Willis

"He told everybody … 'We're going to get MacBooks, we're going to get swag, we're going to use it for travel.' I said, 'You cannot do that, it's a very, very specific grant,'" she recalled.

"I respect that is your assessment. And I'm not saying that your assessment is wrong," Willis responded before later adding that Cuffee had "failed" her administration.

Despite this admission, Free Beacon contributor Andrew Kerr noted that Willis went on to fire Timpson less than two months later.

What's more, Willis' office reacted to Timpson filing a whistleblower complaint with a statement calling her a "holdover from the prior administration" who failed "to meet the standards of the new administration."

For her part, Timpson told the Free Beacon that her case and that of Willis' lover Nathan Wade "are very similar when you break them down point by point. Ethical violations, abuse of power, and the misuse of county, state, and federal funds."

DOJ finds "inconsistencies" in accounting of federal funds

Meanwhile, the Free Beacon reported on Wednesday that the Department of Justice uncovered "inconsistencies" in how federal funds were used.

"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," a Justice Department spokeswoman was quoted as saying.

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