Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has formally requested FBI protection after Donald Trump told his supporters that “racists” prosecutors were investigating his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia.
At a rally in Conroe, Texas Sunday (January 30) Trump threatened to hold “the biggest protest we have ever had” in cities across the country including Atlanta, if prosecutors “do anything wrong or illegal.”
“I am asking you to immediately conduct a risk assessment of the Fulton County courthouse and Government Center, and that you provide protective resources to include intelligence and federal agents,” Willis wrote in a request to the FBI obtained by 11Alive News.
A special grand jury will be seated as part of Willis’ investigation starting May 2 of this year.
Without naming names, Trump told supporters “these prosecutors are vicious, horrible people,” referring to Willis, NY Attorney General Letitia James and Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg Jr who are both investigating his business dealings in NYC.
“They’re racists and they’re very sick,” Trump said. “They’re mentally sick. They’re going after me without any protection of my rights from the Supreme Court or most courts. In reality, they’re not after me, they’re after you,” he lied.
“We must work together to keep the public safe and ensure that we do not have a tragedy in Atlanta similar to what happened at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021,” Willis said.
Statement of Fulton County Commissioner Khadijah Abdur-Rahman On Safety and Security of Fulton County Personnel and Property During Special Grand Jury Investigation of Donald John Trump Sr.
“I believe that we can never be vigilant enough when it comes to the safety of the public and the public servants who are working on our behalf. District Attorney Fani Willis was correct in seeking more security and assistance from our federal partners in the Department of Justice and the FBI.
Many may wish to ‘sweep under the rug,’ the January 6 insurrection, but Fulton County will not—not on my watch.
I am proud to have led the effort to provide the DA and the Sheriff’s Offices with more funds at the start of their tenures one year ago, and I stand ready to increase funding to both agencies if Donald J. Trump Sr., or his acolytes even suggest causing disruption or harm to citizens on the Special Grand Jury or any member of the staff of Fulton County Government, especially its criminal-justice agencies, in carrying out their constitutional and lawful duties.
My Office will continue to maintain an open line of communication with the district attorney and Sheriff Patrick “Pat” Labat, and the Fulton County police chief, to stay informed as to their recommendations on increasing security in the County buildings, including the courthouse.”