Georgia’s Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is shrugging off former President Donald Trump’s accusations.
The prosecutor, who is investigating Trump in connection to the 2020 election, told local news outlet WSB-TV that she does not have “any comment on what his opinions are of my investigation.”
During a speech at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Tuesday night, after pleading not guilty to felony counts of falsifying business records in a separate New York case, Trump chastised the prosecutors who are investigating him — including Willis.
“In the wings, they’ve got a local racist Democrat district attorney in Atlanta who is doing everything in her power to indict me over an absolutely perfect phone call,” Trump said.
Fulton County DA Fani Willis responds to Trump's comments calling her a "racist":
“People have that right to say whatever they choose to say as long as it does not rise to the level of threats against myself, against my staff, or against my family,” Willis told @MarkWinneWSB. pic.twitter.com/QTiQmnnSsl
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Willis, who is black, said the “comment does not concern me at all.”
“It’s ridiculous in nature, but I support his right to be protected by the First Amendment and say what he likes,” she added.
Willis began her investigation after a phone call recording surfaced in which Trump pressed a top Georgia state official to “find” 11,780 votes, enough to reverse losing the state to now-President Joe Biden, arguing there was widespread voter fraud.
Though Willis remains tightlipped about next steps, she may soon use a special grand jury’s findings to pursue charges by impaneling a separate, regular grand jury.
“People have that right to say whatever they choose to say as long as it does not rise to the level of threats against myself, against my staff, or against my family,” Willis said.
Although any recommendations that specific individuals be indicted remain under seal, the leader of the Atlanta-based special grand jury, Emily Kohrs, divulged in media interviews how the report recommends multiple indictments. One section of the report that has already been disclosed publicly said a “majority” of the special grand jury believes perjury was committed by one or more witnesses.
Trump, who is months into another campaign for the White House, expressed the view that the prosecutors who are investigating him are politically motivated.
On separate occasions, he has called each of the two other black prosecutors investigating him — Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and New York Attorney General Letitia James — a “racist in reverse.”
Trump has also taken aim at the presiding judge in the New York criminal case, claiming the judge and his family are “Trump haters.” That judge warned against rhetoric that could stoke civil unrest but has not issued a gag order.