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DOJ Discovers “Inconsistencies” in Georgia DA Fani Willis’ Use of Grant

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In a recent report, the Department of Justice has found alleged “Inconsistencies” in Fani Willis’ handling of certain Federal Grant money.

The Fulton County District Attorney gained national prominence when she led the Georgia election interference investigation. At the time, this was against former President Donald Trump. 

Her probe centered on Trump’s phone call to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. In the call, he pressured him to “find” sufficient votes to sway the election in his favor. 

Her probe also focused on the alleged plot to submit a false slate of pro-Trump electors to the Electoral College. Donald Trump pleaded not guilty to all the charges. He also accused Willis of pursuing him for political reasons.

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Since she launched the Trump inquiry, Willis’ activities have been under increased criticism. This comes notably from Republican critics. Congressional Republicans have expressed concerns about her use of federal funding.

The Justice Department confirmed in a statement originally published by The Washington Free Beacon that certain inconsistencies were discovered in her use of these funds.

“During our review of the award to respond to this inquiry, we have noticed some inconsistencies in what Fulton County has reported to [the Federal Subaward Reporting System] and we are working with them to update their reporting accordingly,” a Justice Department spokeswoman told the conservative publication.

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Specific details about the inconsistencies found, the intended purpose of the grant, or the potential use of the funds remained unconfirmed.

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Newsweek contacted Willis’ office and the Department of Justice for comment via email. Willis has previously clashed with Representative Jim Jordan, the Ohio Republican who chairs the House Judiciary Committee. This was also concerning her office’s utilization of grant funds.

In February, Jordan and the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Willis’ office for documents concerning the receipt and use of the federal funds. They further threatened to hold her in contempt of Congress if she did not provide the additional documents by March 28.

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In response, Willis stated in a letter that her office had already furnished “substantial information” regarding the federally funded programs.

“Further, as I expressed to you in my letter dated February 23, 2024, this office is in the process of producing relevant documents to you on a rolling basis and is undertaking a good faith approach to provide you with responsive information about our federal grant funding,” the letter added.

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Her office also wrote that Jordan’s request of “extensive document demands,” is “unreasonable and uncustomary and would require this government office to divert resources from our primary purpose of prosecuting crime.” She added that Jordan’s efforts “will not derail” Trump’s election interference trial.

Willis is currently under pressure from both the Department of Justice and Congress to clarify some aspects of the $488,000 grant given to her agency. This amount was meant to help fund a juvenile center as part of Fulton County’s gang prevention efforts. 

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