Georgia lieutenant governor slams Fani Willis as new prosecutor enters fray: ‘Mockery of this legal process’

A state prosecutor has been appointed in an investigation into Georiga Republican Lt. Gov. Burt Jones’s alleged role in attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in the Peach State.

The Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia announced on Thursday that its executive director, Peter Skandalakis, has been appointed to investigate if Jones violated any criminal laws. No further comment was given on the investigation.

FILE – Then-Georgia Lt. Gov. candidate Burt Jones participates in a Republican primary debate, May 3, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, Pool, File)

A judge in the state had previously disqualified Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from investigating Jones after she sponsored a fundraiser for his Democratic opponent in the lieutenant gubernatorial election in 2022. Willis indicted former President Donald Trump, among other co-conspirators, in a sweeping racketeering indictment last year on charges related to alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election.

In the sweeping indictment of Trump and others, Jones was referenced 11 times under the pseudonym “unindicted co-conspirator Individual 8.” Jones was a state senator during the 2020 election and was elected lieutenant governor in November 2022.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, left, and prosecutor Daysha Young speak to each other during a hearing on the Georgia election interference case, Friday, March, 1, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Alex Slitz, Pool)

He was one of the 16 people chosen to be on the alternate slate of electors for the Peach State put forward by Trump’s allies despite Trump losing the state in the presidential election to now-President Joe Biden.

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Jones said he looked forward to the “quick resolution” of the investigation and accused Willis of making “a mockery of this legal process” in a statement to the Washington Examiner.

“I’m happy to see this process move forward and look forward to the opportunity to get this charade behind me. Fani Willis has made a mockery of this legal process, as she tends to do. I look forward to a quick resolution and moving forward with the business of the state of Georgia,” Jones said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.

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