House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has now subpoenaed Fulton County (Ga.) District Attorney Fani Willis for information on her office’s use of federal funds, escalating a standoff between the Democratic prosecutor and congressional Republicans over her investigation into former President Trump.
The letter centers on allegations against whistleblowers that have thus far been exclusively covered by conservative media outlets.
The allegations revolve around a former employee of Willis who claimed she was terminated by the district attorney shortly after voicing concerns regarding the manner in which a county employee who had previously assisted Willis on his campaigns intended to utilize federal grants for purposes unrelated to a juvenile violence gang and prevention program.
The extent to which the federal funds in issue were ultimately misapplied remains ambiguous.
As per the information provided on LinkedIn, both the associate and the whistleblower are not presently employed by Willis’s office.
Friday morning, Willis’s office denied that any federal funds were spent improperly.
Nonetheless, the episode serves as justification for the Judiciary Committee to request all documents and communications pertaining to the utilization of federal funds.
The district attorney reportedly did not contest, in a recording of the whistleblower’s conversation with Willis, that the other employee’s plans to use grant funds for laptops and “swag” are inappropriate.
On the same day that Willis was scheduled to provide her response to additional allegations that she engaged a staff member in a romantic relationship with the Trump case, Republicans issued the subpoena.