Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis (D) requested donations for her reelection campaign days before announcing an indictment against former President Donald Trump in relation to the aftermath of the 2020 election, exposing a possible political conflict of interest.
The district attorney sought donations through a website for her reelection last week. According to an email sent by Willis’ campaign, she told supporters that “our new website is up and ready for you to share with your friends and family.”
The email also asked for people to volunteer for the campaign and was signed by “Team Fani.”
“The work is accomplished,” she told local news earlier this month regarding a possible indictment. “We’ve been working for two-and-a-half years. We’re ready to go.”
Kemp prosecutor Fani Willis has spent more time trying to secure a Trump indictment than actually addressing the violent crime crisis plaguing Atlanta
— Javon A. Price 🇺🇸 (@JavonAPrice) August 15, 2023
The comments came right before Monday’s announcement of an indictment against Trump and a number of other individuals tied to the former president.
The fundraising pitch was not the only unusual circumstance coming from Willis’ office in recent weeks. Midday Monday, hours before the grand jury released its vote, the district attorney’s office published a draft online that mirrored the later indictment.
The post was later deleted.
The former president sharply criticized Willis, stating that she was an “out of control and very corrupt District Attorney who campaigned and raised money on, “I will get Trump.”
He further asked about the indictment documents which were posted on the district attorney’s site, then deleted.
“Sounds Rigged to me!” he wrote.
“Why didn’t they Indict 2.5 years ago? Because they wanted to do it right in the middle of my political campaign,” he wrote. “Witch hunt!”
Willis may also have a conflict of interest in the case against Trump associates. She sent a letter to then-State Sen. Burt Jones (R) regarding the 2020 election aftermath one month after hosting a fundraiser for Jones’ Democratic opponent.
Judge Robert McBurney, who is presiding over the former president’s case, barred Willis from investigating Jones. McBurney wrote that such an investigation would create a “plain — and actual and untenable — conflict.”
He further said that any action Willis took regarding Jones “in connection with the grand jury investigation is necessarily infected by it.”