The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
In a surprise decision and a significant rebuke of the DA, Fulton Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney on Monday granted a motion from Burt Jones [photo], the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, to replace Willis and the entire Fulton DA’s office in the examination of his specific role in the case.
That means another set of prosecutors will determine whether to subpoena the Jackson Republican, whether to categorize him as a target of the investigation or whether any charges should ultimately be brought against him.
“An investigation of this significance, garnering the public attention it necessarily does and touching so many political nerves in our society, cannot be burdened by legitimate doubts about the District Attorney’s motives,” McBurney wrote. “The District Attorney does not have to be apolitical, but her investigations do.”
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#BREAKING: A Fulton County judge is disqualifying DA Fani Willis from investigating state Sen. Burt Jones as part of their probe into whether former President Donald Trump and allies broke the law as they sought to overturn Georgia’s 2020 elections #gapol https://t.co/mAfhnltU1k
— Atlanta Journal-Constitution (@ajc) July 25, 2022
Here’s the full filing. Bottom line, Willis has to hand off prosecutorial decisions re: Burt Jones — whose opponent in the LG race she endorsed and fundraised for — to another prosecutor, decided by the state AG.https://t.co/aM15YgPUAL pic.twitter.com/1Wh571j2St
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) July 25, 2022