On Tuesday, GOP lawmakers launched an investigation into Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, the prosecutor in the Georgia 2020 election case against 2024 Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, over alleged collusion between her office and the Democrat-led January 6 committee.
A letter from House Judiciary Committee chairman Jim Jordan to Willis stated that "although we were aware that your office had coordinated its politically motivated prosecutions with the Office of Special Counsel Jack Smith, we recently learned that your office also coordinated its investigative actions with the partisan Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol."
Jordan wrote that the committee has come into possession of a letter from Willis to January 6 Select Committee chairman Bennie Thompson, dated December 17, 2021, in which she requested "access to congressional 'records that may be relevant to our criminal investigation.' Specifically, you asked Rep. Thompson for access to 'record [sic] includ[ing] but ... not limited to recordings and transcripts of witness interviews and depositions, electronic and print records of communications, and records of travel.'"
Willis also wrote in the letter that she and her staff were "eager to travel to Washington, DC, to 'meet with investigators in person' and to receive these records 'any time' between January 31, 2022, and February 25, 2022."
Jordan wrote that this letter raises "additional questions relevant to the Committee’s oversight of your politically motivated prosecution of a former President of the United States and several former senior federal officials." Willis indicted Trump and 18 other co-defendants on violations of the Georgia RICO Act over their contesting of the 2020 election results.
The GOP lawmaker noted that the select committee, now defunct, "had a troubling track record of procedural abuses and due process violations," including "cherrypick[ing] selective information to create false and misleading public narratives" and not pursuing "witnesses with evidence that would not advance its partisan narrative."
The House Judiciary Committee is seeking all documents and communications between Willis’ office and the select committee between July 1, 2021 and January 3, 2023, as well as documents related to the possession of select committee documents by Willis’ office.
The same day, House Administration Subcommittee on Oversight Chairman Barry Loudermilk sent a letter to Thompson, in which the lawmaker referenced the same letter from Willis.
"According to public reporting, the Select Committee shared records with Ms. Willis. The Select Committee provided “Fulton County prosecutors…key evidence about what former President Trump and his top advisers knew” with respect to Georgia’s 2020 election results. However, there are no records of any additional communication between the Select Committee and Ms. Willis and her office. Therefore, we have no records showing what the Select Committee actually provided her office," Loudermilk wrote.
Loudermilk wrote that this is "especially concerning" after Thompson revealed that he did not "preserve video recordings of depositions or transcribed interviews."
"The Select Committee regularly used short clips from these videos during its prime-time hearings to further your predetermined narrative. By failing to preserve these videos, you deny the American public the right to review the footage and make their own conclusions about witnesses’ truthfulness. Clearly Ms. Willis agrees that video recordings of witness interviews and depositions are important records."
Loudermilk requested that Thompson provide all communications between the January 6 committee and Willis’ office, a list of those who were deposed or interviewed by the Select Committee, as well as an itemized list of every record or recording that was sent to Willis’ office.
On Friday, Loudermilk revealed that "All of the videotapes of all depositions are gone."
"We found out about this early in the investigation when I received the call from someone who was looking for some information on one of the videotapes, and we started searching and we had none."
On August 14, Trump and 18 others were indicted by Willis, marking the fourth case brought against Trump in a period of just months.
Trump and 18 other defendants were charged by Willis with violating the Georgia RICO Act, solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer, conspiracy to commit impersonating a public officer, conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree, conspiracy to commit false statements and writings, conspiracy to commit filing false documents, and filing false documents.
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