Rep. Jim Jordan slam DA Fani Willis over setting Trump trial day prior to Super Tuesday

WASHINGTON, DC – Republican Rep. Jim Jordan came down hard on Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis, the woman behind the recent state-level RICO case brought against former president Donald Trump, on social media.

Jordan questioned the DA’s motivations in the case due to her setting Trump’s trial date to the day before Super Tuesday.

On August 24th, Rep. Jordan took to X (formerly Twitter) to rhetorically ask whether there was any sort of behind the scenes collaboration between the Fulton County DA and Special Counsel Jack Smith leading the federal case against the former president.

Following the initial social media post, Rep. Jordan shared a correspondence from the House Committee on the Judiciary directed to DA Willis inferring that the timing and overall motivations of indicting former president Trump are an effort to interfere with the 2024 presidential election.

“The timing of this prosecution reinforces concerns about your motivation," he said. "In February 2021, news outlets reported that you directed your office to open an investigation into president Trump.

Indeed, sometime on or around February 11, 2021, your office purportedly sent a letter to several Republican officials in Georgia, requesting that they preserve documents relating to a ‘matter…of high priority’ that your office was investigating.

"Yet, you did not bring charges until two-and-a-half years later, at a time when the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is in full swing. 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. It is therefore unsurprising many have speculated that this indictment and prosecution are designed to interfere with the 2024 presidential election.”

Aside from suggesting that DA Willis’ motivations were hardly any kind of morally just pursuit of justice, Rep. Jordan also called into question whether or not the Fulton County DA had the authority go after the former makeup of the Executive branch.

“Moreover," he continued, "this indictment and prosecution implicates several significant federal interests. First, the indictment appears to be an attempt to use state criminal law to regulate the conduct of federal officers acting in their official capacities.

In Count 22, for example, the indictment seeks to criminalize under Georgia law internal deliberations within DOJ, including a meeting where a former DOJ official requested formal authorization from his superiors to take an official act.

"And in Count 1, the indictment seeks to criminalize under Georgia law the White House Chief of Staff arranging meetings and phone calls for the President.

There are also aspects of the indictment that give rise to questions about whether your office is seeking to criminalize under Georgia law certain speech of federal officers, including the President, that is protected by the First Amendment. Especially given the potential for states to target certain federal officials, such indictments implicate core federal interests.”

The House Republican outlined a litany of other federal interests related to the Georgia indictment, inquiring as to whether federal funds allocated to Fulton County were used in any way in the investigation into the former administration and implying that Congress may seek “legislative reforms” to prevent this sort of conundrum occurring in the future.

In closing, Rep. Jordan conveyed that the House will be conducting an intense investigation into Willis’ office, including the possibility of issuing subpoenas if the Fulton County DA’s office doesn’t produce requested documents in a timely manner.
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