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 March 8, 2024

Fulton County Board of Ethics abruptly cancels Fani Willis complaint hearings

Every day, it seems there's a fascinating new twist in the drama surrounding Fulton County DA Fani Willis and her fight to stay on her case against former President Donald Trump.

According to the Daily Caller, Willis was on the verge of facing a hearing regarding two ethics complaints in addition to her ongoing court drama.

However, the hearings were abruptly canceled by the Fulton County Board of Ethics just before the hearings were set to take place, leaving many puzzled as to why the cancellation occurred.

The hearing involved two ethics complaints filed against Willis.

What happened?

The Fulton County Board of Ethics announced that the reason for the cancellation was due to its realization that it lacked the jurisdiction "to enforce the code of ethics against Willis, as she is a state constitutional officer."

"The Fulton County Code of Ethics only applies to county officers and employees," a member of the board stated, as reported by Atlanta News First reporter Doug Reardon in a video.

It added, "The Fulton County district attorney does not fall within the definition of a county officer."

The ethics complaints were filed by two men, Gregory Mantell and Steven Kramer.

Fox News noted:

Mantell, who founded the Substack blog Investigative News Service, filed his complaint against Willis on Jan. 27. According to Newsweek, Mantell claims the district attorney's office improperly denied his records request for expense reports for 2021-2023 and all contracts and payments made to Wade during those years. He had also requested records pertaining to $14.6 million in awards for the Department of Justice, Newsweek reported.

Kramer's complaint

Kramer's ethics complaint was aimed at questions "about the hiring of Wade, the affair, Wade's compensation, money spent on dates and trips, the possibility that the relationship created a hostile workplace environment," similar to questions that have come up during the heated and sometimes bizarre hearing regarding Willis' possible disqualification.

"The extra resources and financial costs for the court and the district attorney’s office, both paid for by Fulton County taxpayers like me, are to deal with this improper relationship," the complain read, according to Fox News.

The Fulton County Board of Ethics stated that such complaints can only be heard by the state's Board of Ethics.

The judge overseeing her disqualification hearing said last week that he should have a decision on her fate within "two weeks." Only time will tell.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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