Updated Feb 2, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Fulton DA Fani Willis subpoenaed by House Republicans

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis Photo: Dennis Byron-Pool/Getty Images

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta in November. Photo: Dennis Byron-Pool/Getty Images

The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee on Friday issued a subpoena for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis over allegations that her office misused federal grant funding.

Why it matters: The subpoena is part of a systematic effort by House Republicans to undermine probes into and prosecutions of former President Trump.

Driving the news: In a letter obtained by Axios, Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) wrote that his committee's oversight of Willis' office is "is particularly relevant in light of public whistleblower allegations that it has misused federal funding."

  • The letter points to reporting from the Washington Free Beacon that Willis fired an employee who blew the whistle about plans to spend of nearly $500,000 in Justice Department grant funds meant for an at-risk youth program on laptops, travel and "swag."
  • Jordan wrote that the committee is "prioritizing" this line of inquiry into Willis' use of federal funds over past document requests focused on determining whether her prosecution of Trump is "politically motivated."

The big picture: Since August, House Republicans have been investigating Willis' and others' prosecution of Trump for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia.

The other side: “These false allegations are included in baseless litigation filed by a holdover employee from the previous administration who was terminated for cause,” Willis said in a statement.

  • “The courts that have ruled found no merit in these claims. We expect the same result in any pending litigation,” she said.
  • Willis added, “Any examination of the records of our grant programs will find that they are highly effective and conducted in cooperation with the Department of Justice and in compliance with all Department of Justice requirements.”

Zoom in: Willis' office is increasingly embattled amid allegations, lodged by a lawyer for one of Trump's co-defendants, of an improper romantic relationship with the lead prosecutor in the Trump case.

  • Willis and the prosecutor, Nathan Wade, have both been subpoenaed to testify at a Feb. 15 hearing into the claims.

What's next: The subpoena directs Willis to turn over documents related to her use of the federal grant funds by Feb. 23.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include a statement from Willis.

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