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Fani Willis Faces Intensive Investigation in Georgia

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The Georgia Senate is preparing to launch an extensive investigation into allegations that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis was involved in an affair with a subordinate, potentially affecting the case against former President Donald Trump.

A nine-member special committee with subpoena powers is set to be appointed to explore these claims.

The move comes after Governor Brian Kemp declined to address a criminal complaint against Willis, stating that the state ethics board is the appropriate venue, although it has been non-operational.

“The Georgia legislature has a responsibility to hold public officials accountable,” Georgia Lieutenant Governor Burt Jones said. “Recent reports have been deeply troubling and I appreciate Sen. Dolezal’s leadership on this issue.”

“[T]he Georgia Senate has the inherent power and authority to conduct investigations into … the expenditure of public funds [and] the conduct of public officers who discharge powers and duties under state law,” the resolution stated.

“[S]uch inherent powers include the authority to create special committees for the purpose of conducting investigations and to endow such committees with all the inherent powers of investigation possessed by the Georgia Senate, including the power to compel the appearance and testimony of witnesses and the production of records and the power to place witnesses under oath or affirmation,” it added.

If approved, the committee would consist of six Republicans and three Democrats and would investigate the conduct of public officials, including the expenditure of public funds.

These allegations have emerged in the context of a case where Willis charged President Trump and others with racketeering charges related to the 2020 election.

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