Efforts To Remove Georgia DA Hits A Wall

Following the indictment of former President Donald Trump and 18 others in Georgia on charges of election interference, State Sen. Colton Moore called for the removal of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. That effort has hit a roadblock as Governor Brian Kemp stated on August 31 that he would not support efforts to remove the district attorney.

Moore entered a bill earlier this month to begin the process of calling a special session to determine if Willis’ actions warrant removal from office. Moore and many other Republicans believe that Willis is using her office and prosecution powers to punish political rivals.

On Thursday, Kemp said that he has not seen any evidence to indicate that Willis should be removed and does not believe that Moore’s actions are consistent with current Georgia law. Kemp is a Republican who was elected over former Senator David Perdue who had earned a recommendation from Trump. Kemp was one of several Georgia politicians who received criticism from Trump after the 2020 election.

Georgia Senate majority leader Steve Gooch and Sen. Clint Dixon plan to use a new law that was signed in May to remove Willis. The law was designed to make it simpler to remove “rogue” prosecutors. The law creates a commission that is tasked with investigating claims that district attorneys are improperly using the law.

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has also opened an investigation into Willis. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the chair of the committee, sent Willis a letter announcing the investigation and claiming that Willis’ prosecution of Trump is motivated by politics. Jordan pointed out in his letter that Willis waited over two years to file charges.

Willis recently set the date for Trump’s trial to begin on March 4, 2024. The date is one day before Super Tuesday in which a number of states will hold their GOP nomination elections. Dozens of Republicans have called out Willis for the move and claim that the DA set the case in such a way as to intentionally interfere with Trump’s campaign schedule.

Willis filed a total of 41 charges against Trump and various politicians, backers, and attorneys who worked with Trump. And new revelations cast doubt on the integrity of Willis.