Rising verbal attacks by Donald Trump and his political allies against a Georgia district attorney and two other prosecutors who have filed criminal charges against the former president are endangering prosecutorial independence and might spur acts of violence, ex-federal officials warn. “Trump’s attacks on the federal and local prosecutors who have brought cases against him are unprecedented and extremely dangerous,” Michael Bromwich, the former Justice Department inspector general, told the Guardian. As Trump has escalated his attacks on prosecutors who have charged him with 91 criminal offenses, including 17 involving his drive to overturn his 2020 loss, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and other Republicans are loudly echoing his verbal assaults, and leading House investigations of key prosecutors.
House Judiciary Committee chairman Jordan, launched an investigation of Georgia prosecutor Fani Willis after her office charged Trump and 18 co-conspirators with 41 counts for illegally trying to thwart Biden’s Georgia win. Jordan blasted the Georgia grand jury charges as “just the latest political attack in the Democrats’ WITCH HUNT against President Trump”, and sent Willis a letter with a laundry list of documents he wanted for his probe, including information about federal funds Willis’s office has received. Jordan’s letter also asked Willis for communications with the office of Jack Smith, the special counsel who brought a four-count indictment against Trump involving his drive to overturn Biden’s win. In a scathing rebuttal to Jordan, Willis stressed “there is no justification in the constitution for Congress to interfere with a state criminal matter, as you attempt to do”. “Republicans are once again wasting time and money investigating the investigators,” said former Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI). “The efforts by Jordan and other Trump allies to investigate [Manhattan DA Alvin] Bragg and Willis are not solving any of the problems facing our country and are being pursued for the sole purpose of raising campaign dollars by throwing red meat to their base. It is a waste of time and, even more troubling, their work is undermining our judicial system.”