Jordan Warns Fani Willis Of Potential Contempt Charge Regarding Federal Grant Subpoena

House Judiciary Committee Chair, Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), warned that Georgia’s Fulton County District Attorney, Fani Willis (D), could face potential contempt proceedings. This comes after a subpoena was issued to request information regarding her utilization of federal funds.

Willis’s office has already provided information in response to the February subpoena. However, the GOP leader is unhappy because she did not hand over the documents related to the allegations made by a former employee who reported another employee’s intention to misuse federal grant money.

In the letter, Jordan expressed gratitude for the production of a limited number of documents in response to the subpoena. However, he pointed out that the current level of compliance with the subpoena is inadequate.

“If you do not comply, the Committee may take additional measures, such as initiating contempt of Congress proceedings.”

A former employee of Willis has made allegations, claiming that she was fired after voicing concerns about a Willis campaign aide-turned county employee who intended to utilize federal grants for purposes unrelated to a youth violence and gang prevention program.

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It is unclear whether the federal funds in question were ultimately misused.

During a recorded conversation between the whistleblower and Willis, the district attorney does not deny that it would be inappropriate for the other employee to use grant money for purchasing laptops and “swag”.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, participated in a hearing alongside Special counsel Robert Hur. The hearing focused on investigating President Biden’s alleged mishandling of classified documents. The event took place on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, and was captured by Allison Robbert.

Willis maintained his innocence when the subpoena was initially issued in February.

In response to the baseless litigation filed by a former employee from the previous administration, who was terminated for justifiable reasons, we strongly deny the false allegations. The courts that have reviewed the case have found no merit in these claims, and we anticipate the same outcome in any ongoing legal proceedings. It is worth noting that our grant programs have a proven track record of success and are carried out in close collaboration with the Department of Justice, fully complying with all relevant requirements. According to a statement by Willis, “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.”

The office did not respond to the request for comment on Thursday.

In his letter on Thursday, Jordan emphasizes his continued focus on obtaining any documents that may be relevant to the whistleblower’s claims. Specifically, he is interested in uncovering any potential coordination between the whistleblower’s office and the Justice Department offices responsible for overseeing grant funding.

In a letter to the individual in question, Jordan expressed his concern regarding the allegations surrounding the misuse of federal grant funding. He emphasized the committee’s responsibility to thoroughly investigate these claims.

Jordan stated that Willis’s office provided “15 award letters from the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs and Office of Violence Against [Women], and around 27 screenshots of Expense Budget Summaries.”

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