The House Judiciary Committee, led by Ohio Republican Jim Jordan and Georgia Representative Barry Loudermilk, has launched a probe this week into the potential collaboration between the House January 6th Committee and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. This inquiry aims to uncover if there was any joint effort in their respective investigations. The investigation was initiated following suggestions that Willis’ office might have coordinated its investigative efforts with the actions of the controversial Select Committee.
Representatives Jordan and Loudermilk have highlighted that Willis had reportedly requested the January 6th Committee to share critical evidence with her office. This coincided with Willis’s ongoing investigation into former President Donald Trump’s alleged influence on the 2020 Presidential Election results in Georgia.
In August, Willis brought various charges against Trump, including a violation of the Georgia RICO Act, criminal solicitation, criminal conspiracy, filing false documents, and making false statements, to which Trump has pleaded not guilty.
Jordan and Loudermilk have raised concerns about the integrity of Willis’s prosecution efforts, suggesting potential due process violations and breaches of House rules regarding the disclosure of committee materials. They have communicated with both Willis and Bennie Thompson, the former Chairman of the January 6th Committee. Thompson refuted the claims of procedural errors, stating that the committee’s records were managed and archived in line with House regulations and that only the Committee on House Administration had access to these records.
This investigation marks a critical moment of heightened scrutiny into the interactions between various investigative bodies and the potential impacts these might have on the fairness and legality of high-profile political inquiries.