Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) has recently dismissed a request from Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for a criminal investigation into Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, and Greene is now doubling down on her calls for action.
Greene’s complaint, which also targeted Willis’ top prosecutor Nathan Wade, centers on an alleged improper relationship between the two and their meeting with the Biden administration before indicting former President Donald Trump.
Kemp directed Greene to refer her complaint to the state’s oversight committee. A Kemp spokesperson stated, “The Congresswoman has every right to refer her complaint to the oversight commission once the legislative process concludes this session and the commission begins full operations,” as reported by Breitbart.
“Just last year, the Georgia General Assembly laid out a specific oversight process for district attorneys that is transparent and unbiased, which the governor supported and signed into law,” the spokesperson finished.
Greene, in her push for accountability, has expressed her frustration with the pace of the commission process and called for immediate action. In a statement to Breitbart News, she called for the need of a more direct approach: “Governor Kemp and our state Attorney General Chris Carr need to step in and do the job that they have the power to do, and that is to launch a criminal investigation into Willis and Nathan Wade.”
“What I’m focused on is the fact that I believe our governor and our state attorney general should use their power. They have the power to go after a state district attorney who is abusing her power to go after the former president of the United States,” she continued.
The allegations against Willis are multifaceted. They include hiring her alleged lover, Nathan Wade, as a special prosecutor in the case against Trump and his co-defendants. Mike Roman, a former Trump campaign official and one of the co-defendants, has filed a motion to dismiss the case.
He claims the prosecution is invalid due to Wade’s appointment and alleges misuse of Fulton County funds. An evidentiary hearing on the allegations is scheduled for February 15, which could potentially shed more light on the veracity of the claims.
Kemp’s decision to avoid direct involvement and instead refer the matter to an oversight committee reflects a cautious approach, possibly aimed at maintaining procedural integrity and avoiding the appearance of political bias.
However, the approach has been met with criticism from Greene and others who see it as a delay in addressing what they believe to be clear instances of corruption and abuse of power.
Greene further highlighted the toll the prosecution is taking on Trump and his co-defendants, stating, “These people are being drained of money while they’re having to pay lawyers. They have incredible stress in their lives and their families’ lives. This is affecting real people in Georgia.”
The case also brings into focus the broader political dynamics at play, particularly in the context of the upcoming 2024 presidential election. The prosecution of Trump, a central figure in American politics, has ramifications beyond the courtroom, influencing public opinion and potentially impacting the political landscape.