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Georgia’s GOP governor, Brian Kemp, has responded to a Republican state senator’s demand for an emergency session to consider impeaching Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis over allegations she is abusing her power to go after former President Donald Trump.
As first reported by Fox News, Kemp said over the weekend that he had not seen enough evidence that would support calling a special session of the legislature to consider the impeachment issue.
In a letter sent to Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, which Breitbart News obtained, Sen. Colton Moore announced an initiative to begin an emergency session to investigate the actions taken by Willis after a Fulton County jury indicted Trump on 13 counts earlier this week.
Moore’s investigation could potentially lead to defunding Willis’s investigation of Trump and/or ultimately impeaching the district attorney.
“We must strip all funding and, if appropriate, impeach Fani Willis,” Moore said in a statement. “As a Georgia State Senator, I am officially calling for an emergency session to review the actions of Fani Willis. America is under attack. I’m not going to sit back and watch as radical left prosecutors weaponize their elected offices to politically target their opponents.”
Breitbart noted in its report: “An emergency legislative special session can come about two ways in Georgia: First, the governor can call an emergency session. Second, an emergency session can be called if 3/5 of both the legislative chambers sign onto a letter to demand a review of Willis’s actions.”
Moore did not actually claim in the letter to have the 3/5 majority necessary to call the chamber into session. Kemp spokesman Garrison Douglas told Fox News Digital: “We have not been provided any evidence to support that assertion.”
“We, the undersigned, being duly elected members of the Georgia House of Representatives and Georgia Senate, and comprising 3/5 of each respective house, pursuant to Article IV, Section II, Paragraph VII(b), hereby certify to you, in writing, with a copy to the Secretary of State, that in our opinion an emergency exists in the affairs of the state, requiring a special session to be convened under that section, for all purposes, to include, without limitation, the review and response to the actions of Fani Willis,” Moore wrote in his letter.
Moore clarified himself in a statement to the outlet.
“Tell Brian Kemp and his team to turn off CNN and open their eyes. I’ve done 25 TV, radio, and podcast interviews with one identical message: I need 3/5 of my colleagues to sign the letter,” Moore told Fox News Digital. “The people of Georgia want action, not more empty promises from fluff politicians.”
As a Georgia State Senator, I am officially calling for an emergency session to review the actions of Fani Willis.
America is under attack. I’m not going to sit back and watch as radical left prosecutors politically TARGET political opponents. pic.twitter.com/gpzg2l5uIU
— Sen. Colton Moore (@realColtonMoore) August 17, 2023
Kemp’s office also said it could not comment further on the matter because the governor was involved in the case.
“Given the governor was subpoenaed in this case in November of 2022, our office will not be commenting further,” Douglas added.
Kemp’s office did, however, direct Fox News Digital to earlier remarks made by Cody Hall, a senior adviser to the governor.
“Where have I heard special session, changing decades-old law, and overturning constitutional precedent before?” Hall said during an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Oh, right, prior to Republicans losing two Senate runoffs in January of 2021.”
“What are people hoping to learn in the second kick of the election-losing mule?” Hall added.
Cliff Maloney, who oversees America First Georgia campaigns, told Breitbart that Moore’s effort to retaliate against Willis is the only one being made in Georgia to prevent the prosecution of Trump.
“Finally, a leader who is stepping up and fighting back against the epidemic of corrupt District Attorneys that are drunk on power,” he said.
“Colton Moore is an absolute patriot,” he added. “He must win this battle and I encourage every liberty-loving American to support him.”