Fulton County D.A. Says Work “Accomplished…Ready to Go”

July 31, 2023

The Fulton County District Attorney’s investigation into interference in Georgia’s 2020 Presidential election “is accomplished,” Fani Willis told local media over the weekend. 

“We’ve been working for two-and-a-half years,” Willis told WXIA-TV in Atlanta. “We’re ready to go.”

The timeline syncs up with a letter Willis wrote to in May to the chief judge of the Fulton County Courthouse, Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney. At the time, Willis said she plans to have 70% of her staff working remotely between July 31 and August 18, adding that those who will remain in the courthouse then will include leadership staff and “all armed investigators.”

On Saturday she told WXIA that she’s is in communication with Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat about increasing security.

“Some people may not be happy with the decisions that I’m making,” Willis said. “And sometimes, when people are unhappy, they act in a way that could create harm.”

Willis added that she’s holding true to her commitment to give the public an answer in the investigation by September 1. 

Meanwhile, a hearing is scheduled for August 10 regarding efforts by former President Trump, who has denied any wrongdoing, to disqualify Willis and remove McBurney from the case along with much of the evidence the District Attorney’s office has gathered.

In her prosecution, Willis reportedly focused on several areas: phone calls made to Georgia officials by Trump and his allies; false statements made by Trump associates before Georgia legislative committees; a panel of 16 Republicans who signed a certificate falsely stating that Trump had won the state and that they were the state’s “duly elected and qualified” electors; the abrupt resignation of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta in January 2021; alleged attempts to pressure a Fulton County election worker; and breaches of election equipment in a rural south Georgia county.

Willis’ prosecution reportedly was sparked by Trump’s phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on January 2, 2021, during which the then-President pressured his fellow Republican, who recorded the call, saying, “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have.”

In January Willis told McBurney that decisions on whether to bring criminal charges were “imminent.”

PHOTO: Atlanta’s Fulton County Courthouse in 2011

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