Amidst growing tensions within the Republican party in Georgia, State House Speaker Jon Burns has criticized attempts to impeach or defund Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. Willis currently faces opposition due to her election racketeering charges against former President Donald Trump and his allies.
Burns voiced concerns over misleading claims surrounding the General Assembly’s powers, particularly in relation to the criminal justice system. He warned against undermining the district attorney’s office, emphasizing that such actions could jeopardize prosecution in serious crimes like murder and rape. Burns also highlighted the importance of respecting the separation of powers principle.
This internal conflict showcases a split within Georgia Republicans. While some, like State Senate Majority Leader Steve Gooch, are advocating for investigating Willis, they are at odds with other party members calling for her impeachment.
Notably, Burns isn’t the only significant conservative figure in Georgia expressing discomfort with the efforts of Trump’s allies. Other state officials, such as Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State, have previously resisted demands to overturn the 2020 election results. MSNBC’s Lisa Rubin pointed out this growing trend, highlighting the increasing number of Georgia GOP leaders willing to challenge Trump’s influence.