An emergency request filed in the case by prosecutors is scheduled to be heard by the judge on Wednesday.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis expects the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald Trump to extend into early 2025.
When asked about whether this would mean the defendants in the case, including President Trump, would be on trial during the election season, Election Day, and even the inauguration day of the new president, Ms. Willis said, “I don’t, when making decisions about cases to bring, consider an election cycle or an election season, does not go into calculus. What goes into calculus is this is the law. These are the facts. And if the facts show you violated the law, then charges are brought.”
The commission came into effect on Oct. 1 through a law signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in May. The commission is empowered to sanction or remove district attorneys if they are found to have failed to follow state laws or engaged in misconduct.
In the petition, the Republican lawmakers asked the commission to look into whether Ms. Willis should be sanctioned, claiming that she “improperly cherry-picked cases to further her personal political agenda.” They asked the commission to take “appropriate measures” to sanction Ms. Willis.
“The integrity of our justice system is at stake, and the trust of the community in the District Attorney’s Office has been severely eroded,” the complaint stated, according to local media reports.
Ms. Willis’s statement comes as her team filed an emergency request on Tuesday, asking the judge in the case, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee, to issue a protective order to prevent any evidence leak that the prosecution shares with the defense ahead of trial.
Prosecutors insisted in their filing that the release of confidential videos is “clearly intended to intimidate witnesses in this case, subjecting them to harassment and threats prior to trial, constitutes indirect communication about the facts of this case with co-defendants and witnesses, and obstructs the administration of justice.”
In a filing on Tuesday, Mr. Shafer’s attorneys said that even if the judge intends to issue a protective order, such an order should be restricted to only evidence considered to be “sensitive materials.” A hearing on the request is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Trump Leads in Georgia
While Georgia prosecutors push forward with their charges against President Trump, multiple polls show the GOP candidate having a lead over his Democrat rival President Biden among state voters.
Only 30 percent of Independents backed President Biden. Back in 2020, Independents were a critical factor in President Biden’s win in the state.
Both candidates face a slew of challenges in Georgia. Some voters told AJC that a felony conviction for President Trump could be a deal-breaker in their support for the Republican candidate.
As to President Biden, voters expressed concerns about his ability to lead. “I absolutely worry Biden is too old. I don’t know if he knows what’s going on … He needs to rest and enjoy his retirement. Let’s put someone there who can run the country,” Zina Mulbah, a Trump supporter, told AJC.
“Everything about President Biden concerns me … You name it, that’s it. His age, his health, his standpoints. I’m really worried if he gets elected again,” said Dawn Nguyen, a Republican voter.