Kemp Sidesteps Effort To Oust Fulton DA Fani Willis

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has found himself at the center of another storm among conservatives. This time, it’s his refusal to support efforts to remove Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. The latter recently drew ire for indicting President Donald Trump on 41 charges involving 18 campaign surrogates, lawyers and allies.

State Sen. Colton Moore (R) took it upon himself to introduce a measure for an emergency session of the Georgia legislature designed to investigate Willis and decide her fitness for office. Moore stated, “America is under attack. I’m not going to sit back and watch as radical left prosecutors weaponize their elected offices to politically target their opponents.”

However, Kemp is throwing cold water on Moore’s aspirations. Kemp argued that calling a special session would “ignore current Georgia law and directly interfere with the proceedings of a separate but equal branch of government.” His defense of the status quo did not stop there. “Up to this point, I have not seen any evidence that D.A. Willis’ actions or lack thereof, warrant action by the prosecuting attorney oversight commission,” Kemp added.

This is another disappointment from Kemp, who already has a fractured relationship with the conservative base, especially with President Trump. The Governor’s reluctance to engage more directly in challenging the 2020 election results, among other things, did not sit well with many on the right. In 2022, Trump even endorsed Kemp’s opponent, David Perdue, in the GOP gubernatorial primary.

Is Kemp’s inaction justified by law, or is it what he referred to as “political theater”? This distinction matters, particularly given the gravity of the charges levied by Willis against Trump and his associates. To many conservatives, it seems the DA is using her office to make a politically motivated attack on President Trump and his allies.

Furthermore, Kemp cited a Georgia law that outlines the legal steps to remove a prosecutor if constituents believe the prosecutor is “violating their oath by engaging in unethical or illegal behavior.” However, what counts as “unethical” can be a matter of interpretation. For conservatives, it is Willis’ indictment of Trump and his associates that is unethical — a political use of the legal system to target opponents.

Lastly, it’s worth noting that Moore claimed to have the support of “3/5 of each respective house” in his efforts. However, he later admitted that this claim was inaccurate. Even without majority support in both houses, Kemp’s reluctance to consider a special session further widens the rift between him and conservative lawmakers and constituents.

Kemp’s decision not to back efforts to oust Willis isn’t merely a legalistic one; it’s a decision with significant political ramifications. It leaves conservatives questioning whether Kemp’s allegiance lies with a broader vision of justice and constitutional fidelity or whether he is simply taking the path of least resistance.