Georgia Senator Burt Jones, and 11 other target letter recipients have petitioned Judge Robert C.I. McBurney to disqualify Willis from participating in the investigation for conflict of interest
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Georgia Sen. Burt Jones who has been issued a target letter in the investigation for his connection to the "alternate electors" scheme in the 2020 election to submit Electoral College votes on behalf of former President Donald Trump, along with 11 other people, brought the disqualification challenge against Willis.
In the complaint, Jones alleges a conflict of interest over a fundraiser Willis held for his opponent, Charlie Bailey, in the lieutenant governor's race. Jones is the Republican nominee in Georgia for lieutenant governor, and Bailey won a Democratic primary runoff against Kwanza Hall for that party's nomination. The fundraiser Willis held to assist Bailey was for that runoff race.
Judge McBurney will decide if Fulton County's district attorney can continue her investigation into whether former President Donald Trump and his allies interfered in Georgia's 2020 election.
The challenge arose last week when State Sen. Burt Jones filed a complaint with the Fulton County Superior Court, asking the court to disqualify District Attorney Fani Willis from any prosecution against him in the special grand jury involved in the election probe. It also asks Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney to remove Willis and her office from the investigation.
Jones is the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor and alleges that the investigation is politically motivated because Willis is an active supporter of his Democratic opponent in the lieutenant governor’s race.
McBurney set a Thursday afternoon hearing on that motion, but, on Thursday, decided rather to delay his decision pending his completion of a comprehensive written opinion.
The motion also alleges that Willis is only pursuing some of the 16 electors as targets, specifically those who are prominent figures in the state Republican Party. That is evidence of political motivation, the lawyers argue. It also asks him to look into Willis' actions “indicating the improper politicization of this investigatory process."
In her reply to the allegations, Willis claimed in a court filing that each of the 16 people who signed the false elector certificate has received a letter saying they are targets of the investigation and that their testimony before the special grand jury is required.
On Thursday, McBurney did rule against Jones’ motion to quash the need for the 11 electors from appearing, but reserved ruling on the potential for Willis’ disqualification until the completion of his written opinion. In her response, Willis's office has said Jones' claims are without merit and wrote in a filing that Jones has identified no actions that show political motivation.
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