Don’t take a swing if you aren’t ready to absorb a punch. That’s a lesson Fani Willis is learning the hard way. Insulated in the far-left bubble of Fulton County, Willis truly believed she was untouchable. So untouchable that she thought she could bring a ludicrous RICO case against a former president while not having her own house in order, and boy, is her house not in order.
As RedState has reported extensively on, Willis is currently caught up in a corruption scandal involving the use of state funds to pay the man she was having an affair with. Now, a leaked recording has just made things much worse for her.
According to a new report, Willis may have improperly fired a whistleblower for trying to prevent illegal activity from occurring. Amanda Timpson, who is on the recording, was concerned that Michael Cuffee, an aide to Willis, was allegedly bragging about using a federal grant for “swag” and other disallowed expenses.
According to Timpson, the aide, Michael Cuffee, planned to use part of a $488,000 federal grant—earmarked for the creation of a Center of Youth Empowerment and Gang Prevention—to pay for “swag,” computers, and travel.
“He wanted to do things with grants that were impossible, and I kept telling him, like, ‘We can’t do that,'” Timpson told Willis in a Nov. 19, 2021, meeting. “He told everybody … ‘We’re going to get MacBooks, we’re going to get swag, we’re going to use it for travel.’ I said, ‘You cannot do that, it’s a very, very specific grant.'”
“I respect that is your assessment,” Willis responded. “And I’m not saying that your assessment is wrong.”
During the call, Willis seemed sympathetic and even admitted that Timpson’s version of events was not necessarily wrong. Yet, just two months later, the district attorney fired Timpson and had her frog-marched out of the building by armed guards. She would later claim that the former employee was a holdover who didn’t “meet the standards of the new administration.”
Less than two months later, Willis abruptly terminated Timpson and had her escorted out of her office by seven armed investigators, according to Timpson. When Timpson filed a whistleblower complaint the following year that alleged wrongful termination, Willis’s office issued a statement describing Timpson as a “holdover from the prior administration” who was terminated because of her “failure to meet the standards of the new administration.”
It is hard to look at Willis’ behavior, either in this case or others, and to come to any other conclusion than she’s hopelessly corrupt. She seems to have set up her own fiefdom in Fulton County, believing that she is above the law and reproach.
If she wanted to keep that grift going, she probably should have hunkered down a bit and stayed out of the public eye. Instead, she decided to try to elevate herself further (no doubt, she has higher political ambitions), and now she’s under the microscope. What’s being revealed isn’t pretty.
I don’t know how she continues to lead the prosecution against Donald Trump at this point. She has thoroughly exposed herself as not only a political operative but an extremely corrupt one at that. In a grand sense of irony, her continued involvement may be the former president’s best chance at beating the charges.