Jim Jordan responds to 'hostile' Fani Willis

 September 28, 2023

House Republican Jim Jordan (OH) fired off a sharply worded letter to Georgia prosecutor Fani Willis after she blew off his demand for information about her investigation of President Trump. 

Jordan said Willis' "hostile" response gave more reasons to believe her probe is political.

"Congress in general, and this Committee in particular, have a strong legislative interest in ensuring that popularly elected local prosecutors do not misuse their law-enforcement authority to target federal officials for political reasons,” he wrote.

Jordan doubles down

Jordan, a stalwart Trump ally, is leading a number of counter-investigations into the Biden-aligned prosecutors behind Trump's four indictments.

Willis' indictment is the most ambitious by far, accusing not only Trump but lawyers and political associates of a grand "criminal enterprise."

In his initial letter to Willis, Jordan asked her to provide any documentation of correspondence with federal prosecutors in Jack Smith's office. Smith accuses Trump of essentially the same "crime" as Willis - conspiring to overturning the 2020 election.

Willis responded with a sneering, contemptuous letter calling Jordan's requests "offensive," "misinformed," and intrusive. She asserted that “settled constitutional law clearly permits me to ignore your unjustified and illegal intrusion.”

“Your attempt to invoke congressional authority to intrude upon and interfere with an active criminal case in Georgia is flagrantly at odds with the Constitution,” Willis wrote.

Georgia Republicans shrug....

Jordan has accused Willis, a local prosecutor, of overreach by bringing charges against a former federal officer and current presidential candidate.

In his reply to Willis, he asserted that Congress has a legitimate power of oversight over her probe, noting that a special grand jury impaneled by Willis wanted to go even further and bring charges against three current and former U.S. senators, Lindsey Graham (R-SC), David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.

"Rather, the indictment of a former President of the United States and other former senior federal officials by an elected local prosecutor of the opposing political party, who will face the prospect of re-election, implicates substantial federal interests."

Jordan ended the letter by re-iterating his original request and demanding that Willis comply by October 11.

At the state level, Georgia Republicans have been dismissive of efforts to hold Willis accountable. The state's governor, Brian Kemp (R), has rejected calls to defund the prosecution, and a state Republican senator who called for a special session to investigate Willis was suspended Thursday. 

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