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Georgia Senate votes to investigate allegations of impropriety by DA Fani Willis

The Senate Special Committee on Investigations is authorized to issue subpoenas and compel the production of records involving the allegations about Willis.

Published: January 27, 2024 11:32am

The state Senate in Georgia on Friday approved the creation of a committee to investigate the conduct of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

The vote was 30-19 to set up the committee after allegations arose of an improper relationship with Nathan Wade, the person she appointed as special prosecutor in the case against former President Donald Trump and his co-defendants in an alleged effort to overturn the presidential election results in Georgia, according to the Washington Examiner.  

The Senate Special Committee on Investigations is authorized to issue subpoenas and compel the production of records involving the allegations about Willis.

“I am deeply troubled by the poor judgment of our D.A., Fani Willis,” Republican state Sen. Brandon Beach said during debates Friday. “I believe this scheme … was a fraud against the court and a fraud against the taxpayer.”

The allegations include that Willis and Wade engaged in a romantic relationship and that he was paid more than the other attorneys involved in the case though he lacked the experience that would qualify him to be the lead prosecutor in such a high profile and complex case involving a former U.S. president.

The chairman of Fulton County’s audit committee sent a letter to Willis on Jan. 19 asking if she engaged in a “romantic relationship” with Wade, “misused” county funds, and “accepted valuable gifts and personal benefits from a contractor/recipient of County funds.” She has until Feb. 2 to provide her response, according to the outlet.

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