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The first step toward impeaching Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis for her actions against former President Donald Trump was taken on Thursday by Georgia Republican state senator Colton Moore.
In a letter sent to Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, which was obtained by Breitbart News, 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.”
The latter strategy is demonstrated in Moore’s letter to Kemp:
Dear Governor Kemp:
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.
Colton Moore, State Senator, Georgia Senate District 53
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.”
A CNN legal analyst said on Wednesday there is no way that DA Willis can put Trump on trial within six months.
When she announced the indictments for alleged 2020 election interference on Tuesday, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said she wanted Trump’s trial to begin in March — the height of the primary season. But CNN’s Elie Honig said there’s no chance of that happening.
“There is no planet on which this case will be tried in March, due to the logjam that we just saw,” he told CNN host Anderson Cooper.
He went on to explain.
“Now we see all of these four different indictments, and they’re all jockeying for very limited trial space, but the D.A. has asked to try this in March,” he said. “First of all, there is an ongoing racketeering trial right now that the D.A.’s office is handling in Georgia. They are still choosing a jury, they’re seven months in. I know that sounds unbelievable, but state jury selection is way slower than in federal cases.”
The legal analyst added: “So, even if they start in March, they’d still be picking a jury on election day, so that is not happening. I understand what the D.A. is doing, she’s doing what prosecutors are trained to do. You always say, ‘We are ready to go, any day; we want to try everyone all together,’ but March is not happening for this case.”
Michael J. Moore, a former U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, agreed, adding he believes it is unlikely there will still be 19 defendants when the case finally does go to trial.
“There’s not a chance. There’ll be people who flip, who cooperate, plead out. There may be people she decides to get rid of because it complicates the case. I mean, there could be a number of reasons,” he said. “There won’t be 19 defendants sitting in the courtroom, and because there’s 19, that’s one of the reasons there’s no possible way that she’s gonna go to trial in March.”
Moore added: “I mean, this is sort of a PR move, I think, on her part. I think it throws gas to Trump to say, ‘Look, why are they treating me different than every other criminal defendant in Fulton County? Why are they rushing my case?’”
Former federal prosecutor Jennifer Rodgers told CNN on Tuesday, hours after the indictment, that Willis will probably not get what she wants.