Georgia Officials Threaten Fani Willis
Kemp and other officials fight lawful indictments through a new law that allows removing prosecutors by “oversight commission”
Update, September 3, 2023. A recently passed Georgia law is designed to kill prosecutions through an eight-member commission with the power of removing prosecutors they don’t like. The bill was not voted on by the people of Georgia, but was passed by the majority Republican House and Senate, and signed into law on May 5th of this year by Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp.
Correction; Edit. Just after publishing I got an email from Garrison Douglas, Press Secretary for the Office of the Governor in Georgia. In it he politely corrects my quote in the first version of this article, where I mistakenly said that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said the newly-formed committee would “take action” against District Attorney Willis.
I consulted The Atlantic Journal Constitution article, and the quote was actually from Georgia Senator Clint Dixon: “Once the Prosecutorial Oversight Committee is appointed in October, we can have them investigate and take action against Fani Willis and her efforts that weaponize the justice system against political opponents,” the Buford Republican [Dixon] said in a social media post.” The article continues to say that [the legislation] “passed this year, mostly along party lines, at the urging of Kemp and Republican Lt. Gov. Burt Jones, a Trump supporter whose candidacy last year was backed by the former president.”
According to an article in Fox 5, Atlanta, and further reporting of unindicted co-conspirators by The Hill, then-Georgia state Sen. Jones was one of the so-called fake electors who tried to give Georgia’s 16 electoral votes to former president Donald Trump instead of President Joe Biden, and Burt Jones is listed as one of the unindicted co-conspirators.
Because of a conflict of interest, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis was ordered not to include Jones in any possible prosecution.
Douglas added that it does not “square with” the current status of the commission. Kemp replaced former press secretary Katie Byrd in January of this year with Douglas, according to a press release from…