OAN’s James Meyers
10:12 AM – Friday, February 2, 2024
House Republicans have now issued a subpoena for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis after she allegedly misused Department of Justice funds and fired a whistleblower that tried to prevent it.
A letter issued on Friday by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio.) accused the controversial DA of failing to comply with earlier requests for information “referring or relating to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office’s receipt and use of federal funds and referring or relating to any allegations of the misuse of federal funds.”
The letter from the committee also cited a Free Beacon report accusing Willis’ aide Michael Cuffe of misusing $488,000 that was supposed to be utilized for the creation of a foundation called the Center of Youth Empowerment and Gang Prevention.
Willis has made a name for herself over the past two years as she has been most notably known for charging former President Donald Trump with allegedly attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Nevertheless, the DA’s office responded to the subpoena, claiming that the allegations are false.
“These false allegations are included in baseless litigation filed by a holdover employee from the previous administration who was terminated for cause,” she said in a statement obtained by Fox News. “The courts that have ruled found no merit in these claims. We expect the same result in any pending litigation.”
She 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. Our federal grant programs are focused on helping at-risk youth and seeking justice for sexual assault victims who were too long ignored. Our federal grant-funded Sexual Assault Kit Initiative has been cited by the United States Attorney General as a model program. We are proud of our grant programs and our partnership with the Department of Justice that makes Fulton County a safer, more just place.”
The issued subpoena comes after the Judiciary Committee requested the documents three separate times. The first time was in August 2023, the second time in September 2023, and the third time in December 2023.
“To date, you have failed to comply voluntarily with any of our requests,” the committee wrote in a letter to Willis.
It added: “The Committee’s oversight of your office’s use of federal grant funds is particularly relevant in light of public whistleblower allegations that it has misused federal funding.”
Meanwhile, Trump has pleaded not guilty in the case led by Willis.
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