Can Fani Willis Weather the Storm?

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis appears to be in a fight for her political life. The embattled prosecutor is currently facing a primary challenge in Atlanta. With federal and state investigations into her conduct looming over the horizon, Willis could be hanging on by a thin thread.


Willis, who is overseeing the effort to prosecute former President Donald Trump for alleged election interference, has become a controversial figure over the past three months when it was revealed that she had an affair with a married prosecutor who she also hired to spearhead the prosecution. This and other factors could affect her ability to keep her position.

Willis has faced plenty of scrutiny for her handling of the sweeping racketeering case against Trump's alleged effort to overturn his narrow 2020 election loss to President Biden in Georgia.

Nearly two months ago, a judge ruled that Willis could continue leading the prosecution of the case as long as Nathan Wade - a special prosecutor she appointed and had a romantic relationship with - resigned.

Willis is expected to fend off a challenge in the primary from local attorney Christian Wise Smith, but will likely face more attacks in the general election from Republican Courtney Kramer, a lawyer who interned for Trump.

Meanwhile, a Georgia State Senate special committee is looking into Willis for possible conflicts of interest and misuse of public funds. Of particular interest are payments made by Willis’ office to Nathan Wade, the prosecutor with whom she had a romantic relationship.

Among the things they have been looking into payments in regard to Nathan Wade with whom she admitted she had a relationship. The senators grilled financial officers on Friday about the use of the funds.

Republican Sen. Bill Cowsert asked financial officers about numerous “enhancement requests” for extra money Willis has made, including one for roughly a million dollars in 2023 for general trial expenses.

Fulton County Chief Financial Officer Sharon Whittmore said the amount was made as a “lump sum, not specific with line item details,” to explain what it would be used for, according to the Washington Examiner.

Cowsert said he was trying to “get a feeling for exactly how much oversight,” there was in the office, adding it “sounds like it’s very loose as far as employment practices and expenditures for independent contractors.”


Last month, a whistleblower named Amanda Timpson came forward about the misuse of federal grant funds. She said when she informed the district attorney about the problem, she was fired. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) indicated that Timpson is speaking with lawmakers and assisting with their investigation into Willis’ office. 

"We've talked with the whistleblower, she's giving information to the press, to us. Now the Department of Justice is looking into this," Jordan said during an interview with Fox Business. "All kinds of problems with Fani Willis and this ridiculous investigation she's run on President Trump and others."

Willis and Jordan have verbally sparred on multiple occasions. Recently, she lashed out at the lawmaker for investigating her.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis criticized the investigation Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., launched into her office as "disgusting" and called him a clown.

“He continues his attacks to try to interfere in a criminal investigation. All while his jurisdiction has one of the worst crime rates, has poverty issues, and not one time has he used his position to try to investigate people who are attacking me and others who are attacking others legitimately doing their job, making him illegitimate in his position. And it’s disgusting,” Willis said Monday evening on MSNBC.

Jordan's probe includes examining potential collusion between Willis and the Jan. 6 Select Committee as well as looking at her use of federal funds.


Polling last month showed Willis with a considerable lead over her primary opponent. However, this was the only poll conducted related to the race. But even if Willis manages to retain her position, she still can’t rest easy with the investigations into her conduct as a prosecutor.


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