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 January 11, 2024

DA Fani Willis accused of secretly meeting with Jan. 6 committee

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is facing accusations of clandestinely working with the one-sided January 6 Committee, controlled by Democrats, to gather information aiding in the prosecution of Donald Trump.

This revelation, made public, alleges an attempt to keep the collaboration hidden from the court and public scrutiny through a procedural maneuver.

The report

Committee staff secretly met with lawyers and agents representing Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in mid-April 2022, coinciding with her preparations to convene a special grand jury investigation.

In this undisclosed meeting, aides from the January 6 Committee allowed the district attorney's team to review a limited set of evidence they had collected, although not permitting them to retain it.

The committee assisted Willis' initial inquiry while rejecting the Justice Department's requests for material in the separate federal criminal investigation into Trump's alleged election interference.

Committee connections

The committee's inclination to cooperate with the Fulton County team, rather than federal prosecutors, stemmed from concerns about the potential disclosure of evidence in ongoing criminal cases related to the January 6 Capitol attack.

Committee chairman Bennie Thompson confirmed prior "staff-level contacts" between the panel and Fulton County prosecutors.

He claimed unawareness of the extent of those contacts in early April 2022 and was reportedly unaware of the in-person meeting that took place that spring.

Major concerns

The collaboration allegedly took place when the January 6 Committee shared evidence with Willis during the formation of a "special purpose grand jury" preceding the criminal grand jury.

As there were no defendants at this stage, Politico notes that defense motions for discovery were not applicable. The January 6 Committee's subsequent destruction of records and potential limitations on obtaining all evidence could impact the defense.

Concerns arise about the committee's collection and presentation of evidence, given the lack of a balanced, adversarial process due to partisan control by Democrats. Willis faces heightened scrutiny following accusations of an improper relationship with fellow prosecutor Nathan Wade, with claims of financial benefits benefiting both parties.

"Willis is already under scrutiny after lawyers for Trump co-defendant Mike Roman filed a motion this week alleging that she had an improper relationship with fellow prosecutor Nathan Wade, from which both Willis and Wade had benefited financially," according to Breitbart News.

These developments add more concerns to the ongoing legal proceedings involving Trump and 18 co-defendants as he seeks a comeback to the White House later this year.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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