(HorizonPost.com) – Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis fired an employee in 2021 who had alerted her to the mishandling of federal funds by a campaign aide, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Amanda Timpson, an employee with the district attorney’s office who was responsible for providing juvenile offenders with an alternative to the court system, was fired less than a year after Willis took office.
In an audio recording made by Timpson on November 19, 2021, and obtained by the Free Beacon, Timpson told Willis that she had been demoted after she attempted to stop a Willis campaign aide from spending federal grant money earmarked for a youth gang prevention initiative.
Timpson alleged that Michael Cuffee was using part of the $488,000 grant to purchase computers, “swag,” and travel.
In the recording, Willis conceded that Timpson’s allegations were not wrong and later apologized to her, saying Cuffee had “failed” the district attorney’s office.
Fifty-six days later, Timpson was terminated and escorted from the building by seven armed district attorney’s office investigators.
Timpson filed a whistleblower complaint in 2022 alleging wrongful termination.
In response to the complaint, the district attorney’s office said in a statement that Timpson had been a “holdover” from the previous district attorney and was terminated due to her “failure to meet the standards” of Fani Willis’ administration.
Timpson told the Washington Free Beacon that her experience with Willis, coupled with the current scandal involving special prosecutor Nathan Wade revealed a “pattern” of misconduct by the district attorney.
She said both cases were “very similar” in that they revealed Willis’ abuse of power, ethical violations, and “the misuse of county, state, and federal funds.”
A January 8 filing from attorneys for Michael Roman, one of the co-defendants in the Fulton County election interference case, alleged that Willis had been involved in an “improper” relationship with Wade before hiring him to lead the investigation into Donald Trump’s alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia.
Willis is expected to respond to the motion this week.
A hearing on the motion was scheduled by Fulton County Supreme Court Judge Scott McAfee for Thursday, February 15.
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