There is more evidence of political motivation behind the Trump “racketeering” case launched in Fulton County, Georgia last year.
According to a new report in Politico, the Fulton County prosecutor got help from none other than January 6 committee, which was organized and run during the previous Congress under former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The partisan coordination between the January 6 committee and the Fulton County D.A.’s office reveals more insight into Trump opponents’ relentless efforts to criminalize legal objections to the 2020 election.
“Georgia prosecutors probing Donald Trump’s effort to subvert the 2020 election got an early boost in the spring of 2022. It came from another set of investigators who were way ahead of them: the House Jan. 6 select committee,” Politico’s report noted.
“Committee staff quietly met with lawyers and agents working for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in mid-April 2022, just as she prepared to convene a special grand jury investigation,” the report continued. “In the previously unreported meeting, the Jan. 6 committee aides let the district attorney’s team review — but not keep — a limited set of evidence they had gathered.”
“Over the next few months, committee staff also had a series of phone calls with Willis’ team,” the report added. “They answered the prosecutors’ questions and shared insight on matters like Trump’s false electors gambit and his efforts to pressure Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Both of those ploys ultimately featured prominently in the criminal charges that Willis brought against Trump and his allies last summer.”
“The contacts between the committee and Willis’ team also helped prosecutors prepare for interviews with key witnesses,” the report noted.
The Politico report continues to shed new light on the contacts between the partisan January 6 committee and the Fulton County D.A.’s office, again, framing legal objections to the 2020 election as “election subversion.”
“The content of the meetings and calls was described by two former committee officials familiar with the outreach, who were granted anonymity to speak candidly about the contacts,” Politico noted in the exclusive report. “The timing was corroborated by exhibits attached to new court filings in Willis’ ongoing prosecution of Trump and 14 co-defendants for their efforts to overturn the 2020 election.”
“The committee aided Willis’ nascent probe even as it rebuffed the Justice Department’s requests for material in the separate federal criminal probe of Trump’s election subversion,” it continued.
The Fulton County D.A.’s office replied that it was only granted access to now-public information.
“As the January 6th Committee’s final report transparently stated, the Committee shared information — all of which is now public — with prosecutors conducting concurrent, independent investigations.”
Former Jan. 6 committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), as Politico noted, had previously described “staff-level contacts” between his panel and Fulton County prosecutors.
“In early April 2022 — nearly two weeks before the panel’s staff met with Willis’ team — Thompson told reporters he wasn’t aware of how extensive those contacts were. And on Wednesday, Thompson told Politico that he did not know about the in-person visit that spring,” the report said.
However, there is more to the story. And a former Special Counsel is crying foul about the appearance of impropriety.
“But the nature of the cooperation between Willis and the Jan. 6 panel is unusual, according to Sol Wisenberg, a former prosecutor who worked on Ken Starr’s Clinton probe — another matter that overlapped with congressional investigations,” the report noted.
“To me, that’s a highly unusual level of specific cooperation,” Wisenberg said. “They’re using what’s supposed to be a congressional investigation in aid of a prosecution.”
But there is more fuel to the fire than merely the inappropriate contacts between the Fulton County D.A.’s office and the partisan January 6 committee, which did not allow Donald Trump to present counterfactual evidence, absconded from questioning Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and cherry-picked evidence to reinforce a political committee.
That is because Fulton County D.A. Fani Willis is under heightened scrutiny for her allegations that she illicitly abused her office to benefit her alleged lover, the special prosecutor she tapped, Nathan Wade.
Wade, in his invoices, revealed that he had been colluding with the Biden White House during his time as special prosecutor.
The news came out via Marco Polo, a 501(c)3 that has exposed a voluminous archive of Hunter Biden laptop files.
“Nathan Wade, Fani Willis’s lead prosecutor, met with Biden’s White House Counsel on May 23 and Nov. 18, 2022, before indicting Donald Trump, Biden’s leading presidential opponent,” noted independent researcher Kanekoa. “Is the Biden White House coordinating Trump’s prosecution?”
If you examine the invoice documents in the legal filing, there is relevant documentation of Nathan Wade having met with “DC/White House” in an interview on 11/18/22.
The hours were billed at $250 each for 8 hours. In another entry, Wade billed for “Travel to Athens, Georgia to Conf. with White House Counsel.”
Even the New York Times, the virtual praetorian guard for the Democratic Party, conceded that Fani Willis’ inappropriate behavior has compromised whatever vestiges of impartiality remained in her far-flung prosecution of Donald Trump.
“Whether the filing has the power to knock the case off the rails remains to be seen, although a number of legal experts said this week that some of Ms. Merchant’s efforts to have the case dismissed were unlikely to succeed,” the New York Times said.
“But the matter has already become an embarrassing one for Ms. Willis, placing the case under a cloud of suspicion and bolstering Mr. Trump’s longtime efforts to delegitimize the case and paint Ms. Willis as corrupt,” the Times added.
It is currently unknown who Nathan Wade met with during those billed meetings. Congressional Republicans recently pressed Willis to disclose her team’s contacts with the Jan. 6 committee, but she refused.
Ironically, the same woman who is trampling on presidential immunity called their inquiry an affront to “well-established principles of federalism and separation of powers.”
The developments showing political coordination between the Fulton County D.A.’s office and the partisan J6 committee suggest massive improprieties in the handling of the Trump “racketeering” case over his challenges to the 2020 election results.