Georgia Republicans voted Thursday to remove State Sen. Colton Moore from the caucus for seeking to investigate and potentially impeach District Attorney Fani Willis.
Moore focused on the effort following the district attorney's indictment of former President Donald Trump.
I stand with Senator Moore! Exclusive: Georgia Senate GOP Caucus Ousts Senator for Trying to Remove Fani Willis from Office https://t.co/WHtOU79JA6
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"The Georgia Constitution clearly outlines the legislature’s power to call an emergency session to investigate a judicial officer. After urging my Republican Senate colleagues to join me — they responded by acting like children and throwing me out of the caucus," Moore said in a statement.
"I stand by my Republican principles. I stand by the Republican platform. I will continue to serve as a Republican Senator from the great state of Georgia. Unfortunately, now I will be forced to refer to my colleagues, who ran on being 'Trump conservatives,' as the RINO caucus," he added.
State Republicans have voted to oust a colleague for leading the impeachment efforts against Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. https://t.co/XABoBHYc2v
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) September 28, 2023
"[Gov.] Kemp has also signaled his refusal to take such action, saying in August that while Georgia law allows for the removal of local prosecutors who violate their oath, 'Up to this point, I have not seen any evidence that DA Willis' actions, or lack thereof, warrant action by the Prosecuting Attorney Oversight Commission,'" Newsweek reported.
"Georgia House Speaker Jon Burns has also spoken out against Moore's demands, saying that defunding Willis' office 'flaunts the idea of separation of power, if not outright violates it,'" it continued.
'Serious Concerns': Jim Jordan Puts DA Fani Willis on Notice with Power Move
Jordan just shut down the woke DA with a power move of his own.https://t.co/IKcmX7hJXo
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“Your letter contends that the Committee, by conducting oversight into apparently politicized local prosecutions, is ‘obstruct[ing] a Georgia criminal proceeding’ and ‘advanc[ing] outrageous partisan misrepresentations.’ Your position is wrong,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said in a letter to Willis.
“If state or local prosecutors can engage in politically motivated prosecutions of senior federal officers for acts they performed while in federal office, this could have a profound impact on how federal officers choose to exercise their powers,” he added.
The response against Willis and her biased attacks on Trump appears to be more concerning to Republicans in the House than to many GOP leaders in the state of Georgia.
The divide has led to strong controversy in the high-profile case accusing Trump and others of wrongdoing after the 2020 election.
The move could also hurt Republican voting efforts in Georgia next year in a battleground state that was key in the last election.