The Georgia Senate is poised to launch a sweeping investigation into allegations that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis benefited from an affair with a subordinate, irreparably tainting her office’s case against former President Donald Trump.
According to Breitbart, the Republican-controlled body is set to appoint a nine-member special committee with subpoena powers to explore whether Fillis carried on a clandestine affair with Nathan Wade, a special prosecutor hired by her office and paid $700,000 to assist in the Trump investigation. The move comes after Republican Governor Brian Kemp refused to entertain a criminal complaint against Willis filed by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), saying a state ethics board is the only proper venue for such matters.
However, the ethics board has been non-operational for some time, a reason cited by State Sen. Greg Dolezal (R-Forsyth) in a resolution calling for subpoenas to “secure the attendance of witnesses or the production of documents and materials.”
“The Georgia legislature has a responsibility to hold public officials accountable,” Georgia Lieutenant Governor Burt Jones exclusively told Breitbart News. “Recent reports have been deeply troubling and I appreciate Sen. Dolezal’s leadership on this issue.”
“[T]he Georgia Senate has the inherent power and authority to conduct investigations into … the expenditure of public funds [and] the conduct of public officers who discharge powers and duties under state law,” the resolution continues.
“[S]uch inherent powers include the authority to create special committees for the purpose of conducting investigations and to endow such committees with all the inherent powers of investigation possessed by the Georgia Senate, including the power to compel the appearance and testimony of witnesses and the production of records and the power to place witnesses under oath or affirmation,” it adds.
If organized, the new committee would be comprised of six Republicans and three Democrats. Filed by Dolezal earlier this week, the resolution is fast-tracked for Senate approval at which point the Committee on Assignments will appoint senators to the new committee.
In August of last year, DA Willis charged President Trump and 18 co-defendants with racketeering charges relating to efforts she claims they undertook to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results. Michael Roman, one of the co-defendants and a former Trump campaign staffer, has alleged that Willis and Wade are romantically linked and has requested a judge unseal Wade’s ongoing divorce case for evidence. A judge has ordered Willis to respond to the allegations by February 2nd.