Fani Willis investigated by GOP senators over alleged abuse of federal funds

Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson are investigating whether or not Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ workplace misused federal funds.

The two Republican senators highlighted a number of stories accusing Willis’ workplace of squandering funds, together with from the Justice Department Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and different initiatives, on frivolous gadgets resembling “swag” and unrelated journey.

“In Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, OJJDP awarded Fulton County nearly $500,000 to establish the Fulton County Center of Youth Empowerment and Gang Prevention,” Grassley (R-Iowa) and Johnson (R-Wis.) wrote in a letter to Willis Wednesday.

“The Center has but to open and the ‘building meant to house it is closed to the public, its gates padlocked.’”

Fani Willis
Fani Willis is already staring down an investigation from Jim Jordan and the Georgia state legislature. Getty Images

They cited Washington Free Beacon reporting on Willis, a Democrat, firing Amanda Timpson, previously the head of gang prevention and intervention at the DA office. She was the one who sounded the alarm about the potential misuse of OJJDP funds.

“The waste or misuse of taxpayer funds is unacceptable,” the Republican duo wrote.

Johnson and Grassley’s probe comes after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) subpoenaed Willis again in February over comparable allegations of mishandling federal funds.

Jordan has additionally threatened to carry Willis in contempt if she doesn’t comply together with his calls for.

Willis has been below hearth from Republicans as she leads the 10-count Georgia election tampering case in opposition to former President Donald Trump.

Chuck Grassley
Chuck Grassley is the rating member of the Senate Budget Committee. Getty Images

In addition to issues over the OJJDP fund use, the 2 GOP senators highlighted different monetary questions revolving across the Fulton County DA’s workplace.

This features a report from the Washington Free Beacon final month that the Justice Department found “inconsistencies” in Fulton County’s disclosure to the Federal Subaward Reporting System.

Grassley and Johnson additionally flagged how the Fulton County DA’s workplace reportedly received $2 million from a Sexual Assault Kit Initiative however spent about 49% of that on journey and different bills between 2020 and 2023.

“The apparent and significant discrepancy between the purpose of the federal award of taxpayer money and the actual use of that money raises alarms that it hasn’t been used as Congress intended,” they wrote.

The two senators are demanding an inventory of grants the Fulton County DA’s workplace garnered since fiscal yr 2019. Willis ascended to the district legal professional perch in 2021.

They additionally need a listing of expenditures and deliberate expenditures for every grant.

Willis was given a deadline of May 29 to adjust to that request.

Ron Johnson
Ron Johnson is the rating member of the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. REUTERS

Georgia’s state legislature can be conducting an investigation into Willis.

In regard to that investigation she has stated: “They can look all they want. The DA’s office has done everything according to the books.”

Willis has additionally been below hearth for her relationship with Nathan Wade, whome she appointed as particular prosecutor within the Trump case.

Wade has since stepped down from the election racketeering case after Judge Scott McAfee decided the pair couldn’t each be concerned in it, as a result of “appearace of impropriety” their relationship created.

Several co-defendants of Trump, 77, in that sprawling racketeering case, are engaged on an attraction to additionally knock her off the case, based mostly on the “improper” affair.

A spokesperson for the Fulton County DA’s workplace didn’t instantly return a request for remark.

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