House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) subpoenaed Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
Jordan demanded documents regarding allegations she fired a whistleblower who warned her an aide was misusing federal funds.
“Instead of using these federal grant funds for the intended purpose of helping at-risk youths, your office sought to use the grant funds to ‘get Macbooks … swag … [and] use it for travel,’” Jordan wrote in a letter obtained by NBC News.
“These allegations raise serious concerns about whether you were appropriately supervising the expenditure of federal grant funding allocated to your office and whether you took actions to conceal your office’s unlawful use of federal funds,” he added.
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The subpoena, obtained by NBC News, is part of a broader probe by Jordan, R-Ohio, and House Republicans into whether Willis used federal funds in conducting her more-than-two-year investigation into former President Donald Trump, who was indicted in Fulton County last year on charges that he attempted to overturn Georgia’s 2020 presidential election results. Trump has pleaded not guilty.
In a letter Friday, Jordan says Willis has failed to comply with two earlier requests for documents related to her office’s use of federal grant money. The subpoena calls on the district attorney’s office to provide documents and communications “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.”
Willis’ office has condemned Jordan’s requests, writing last year in a letter to him that there is “no justification in the Constitution for Congress to interfere with a state criminal matter.”
Jordan’s push for documents follows allegations that the district attorney’s office retaliated against an employee who tried to stop what she said was misuse of Justice Department grant funding by a top Willis campaign aide.
The Washington Free Beacon obtained audio from 2021 of Amanda Timpson, an employee in the district attorney’s office, privately warning Willis that her top aide was misusing a six-figure federal grant.
The $488,000 federal grant was reportedly earmarked for the creation of a Center of Youth Empowerment and Gang Prevention.
“Free Beacon has obtained audio of a whistleblower privately warning Fani Willis in 2021 that her top aide was trying to misuse federal funds. Willis did not dispute the allegations,” investigative reporter Andrew Kerr wrote.
The subpoena requires Willis to turn over “all documents and communications referring or relating to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office’s receipt and use of federal funds, including but not limited to, federal funds from the Department of Justice’s Office Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.”
In addition, she is being asked to turn over all documents from the same offices “referring to or relating to any allegations of the misuse of federal funds.”
Willis’s office responded to the subpoena Friday, shortly after it was made public.
“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.”