Republicans seek oversight of Georgia prosecutors as Trump impeachment continues

Ms. Willis must now decide whether to bring a case to a regular grand jury, which could issue indictments. A decision may come in May itself.

In the Republican-controlled Legislature, as of Friday afternoon, the odds looked favorable for bills that would create an oversight committee. They were dim to the recall election bill, which would have reduced the number of registered voters needed to sign one Petition to recall prosecutors to just 2 percent from the current standard of 30 percent for local elected offices. The move was introduced after some high-profile Trump supporters in Georgia promoted the idea of ​​a recall campaign against Ms. Willis. The Democratic stronghold of Fulton County is unlikely to win.

Among those supporters was U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Green Tweeted In August Ms. Willis was using taxpayer funds to “fund her personal political witch hunt against Trump, but won’t investigate the crime plaguing Atlanta!”

At a state Senate hearing last month, Ms. Willis repeated the charge in an interview in his downtown Atlanta office this week, pointing out that the majority of Georgians now live within the jurisdiction of 14 minority prosecutors. .

“We’ve had litigators for hundreds of years and it’s unnecessary,” Ms Willis said of the bills. “But now suddenly it’s a priority. And it’s racist.”

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Lawmakers have fired back. At a hearing last month, state Sen. Bill Cowsert, a Republican who is Gov. Brian Kemp’s brother-in-law, said, “This bill is aimed at you coming in here and trying to do this about racism. Any district attorney or prosecutor because of racism is ridiculous, it’s offensive, and it’s a racist statement.

Senator Brian Strickland, a Republican who chaired the meeting, told Ms Willis: “You are emotional.”

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