- Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis accused House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, of trying to block the criminal prosecution of former President Donald Trump.
- “There is no constitutional justification for Congress to intervene in state criminal matters, as you attempt to do,” Willis wrote.
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, left, and Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis
Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis tore into House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan on Thursday, accusing the Ohio Republican of trying to block the criminal prosecution of former President Donald Trump.
“There is no constitutional justification for Congress to intervene in state criminal matters, as you attempt to do,” Willis wrote in a nine-page response to Jordan, whose panel last month launched an investigation into the district attorney’s prosecution of Trump. .
Jordan, raising questions about whether Willis’ lawsuit was “politically motivated,” requested on Aug. 24 Letter He provides documents and communications between his office and the Department of Justice.
He sent the letter the same day Trump traveled to Atlanta to surrender to the Fulton County Jail after a grand jury indicted Trump on charges of conspiring to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia in the 2020 election. Trump and 18 of his co-defendants have pleaded not guilty in the widespread fraud case.
Willis denied on Thursday that Jordan’s letter “contains false information and misrepresentations.”
Before launching into a multi-page diatribe accusing Jordan of holding Trump to a lower standard than the other defendants, he wrote, “settled constitutional law clearly allows me to ignore your unreasonable and illegal intrusion into an open state criminal case.”
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“Here’s another reality you have to face: Those who want to avoid committing crimes in Fulton County, Georgia — including violations of the Georgia RICO Act — should not commit crimes in Fulton County, Georgia,” Willis wrote.
Willis’ letter was first reported By the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
A spokesman for Jordan did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
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