Trump prosecutor under probe for ‘misuse’ of taxpayer funds fired worker who exposed federal grant abuse: report

NEWS: Trump prosecutor under probe for ‘misuse’ of taxpayer funds fired worker who exposed federal grant abuse: report



Fulton County DA Fani Willis, who is under investigation for allegedly spending taxpayer funds on lavish trips with an attorney she hired while the two were having an affair, is being called out by a former employee for apparently abusing another federal grant.

Willis — who is prosecuting Donald Trump for allegedly trying to illegally overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results — was confronted by staffer Amanda Timpson in a Nov. 19, 2021, meeting after the DA’s former campaign social media manager Michael Cuffee planned to use part of a nearly $500,000 grant for travel, computers and “swag,” according to audio obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

“He wanted to do things with grants that were impossible, and I kept telling him, like, ‘We can’t do that,’” Timpson is heard telling Willis in the recording. “He told everybody … ‘We’re going to get MacBooks, we’re going to get swag, we’re going to use it for travel.’ I said, ‘You cannot do that, it’s a very, very specific grant.’”

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis was confronted by ex-staffer Amanda Timpson in a Nov. 19, 2021, meeting after a campaign aide planned to use the grant for travel, computers and “swag.” AP
The Atlanta prosecutor is under investigation for allegedly spending taxpayer funds on lavish trips during an affair with an attorney she hired to help her prosecute former President Donald Trump. Getty Images

The $488,594 grant was set aside for a Center of Youth Empowerment and Gang Prevention — which has yet to open — but has been used to purchase $1,245 in items from Dell computers, records show.

“Mr. Cuffee, respectfully, did not know what he was doing. Period,” added Timpson, who worked in the DA’s office before Willis’ election in 2020 but said she was demoted after calling out the campaign aide’s scheme.

“So, I respect that is your assessment,” Willis replied. “And I’m not saying that your assessment is wrong.”

The $488,594 grant was set aside for the Center of Youth Empowerment and Gang Prevention — which has yet to open — but has been used to purchase $1,245 in items from Dell computers. AP

Willis also said she had at least “three supervisors … who have failed” her office and called Cuffee’s threats against Timpson for drawing attention to the abuse “an intimidation tactic.”

But on Jan.14, 2022, Willis fired Timpson, who oversaw the office’s juvenile diversion program, and had her escorted out of the building with seven armed investigators, the ex-employee told the Free Beacon.

In an interview with the outlet, Timpson said the purported abuse of the grant was “very similar” to Willis’ office splurging on lavish vacations with private attorney, Nathan Wade, with whom she was allegedly carrying on a “clandestine” affair.

A bombshell Jan. 8 court filing from Trump co-defendant Michael Roman alleged that Wade posed a conflict of interest to Willis’ prosecution of the former president. REUTERS

“My case and Nathan Wade’s case are very similar when you break them down point by point,” Timpson told the outlet. “Ethical violations, abuse of power, and the misuse of county, state, and federal funds.”

A bombshell Jan. 8 court filing from Trump co-defendant Michael Roman alleged that Wade posed a conflict of interest to Willis’ prosecution of the former president and 14 others.

Wade’s estranged wife Jocelyn corroborated the allegations of her husband’s “improper” relationship with Willis in divorce proceedings earlier this month, revealing he was paid $654,000 for his work as special prosecutor in the district attorney’s office since 2022.

Wade’s estranged wife, Jocelyn Wade, in divorce proceedings earlier this month corroborated the allegations of her husband’s “improper” relationship with Willis. Ben Hendren for NY Post

That case was settled out of court on Tuesday, precluding the need for Willis or Wade to testify in the matter but financial disclosures by Willis omitted some of the trips she took with Wade — prompting an audit by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

The Georgia General Assembly is also considering a bill that would revive a commission to discipline and remove prosecutors who abuse their authority.

Willis has dismissed allegations that Timpson was wrongfully terminated, with an office spokesman saying in an August 2022 statement Timpson was “a holdover” from former Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and “her supervisors found her performance to be inadequate.”

The Georgia judge overseeing Trump’s election interference case in Atlanta has yet to set a trial date — one of four prosecutions the 77-year-old ex-president is facing in an election year. Getty Images

Cuffee told the Free Beacon on Tuesday that he had discussed purchasing computers but not with any of the Justice Department’s grant funding.

“This is just a money grab for Timpson,” Cuffee said, adding that he left Willis’ office for “personal” reasons in December 2021. “She can do what she needs to do.”

But Timpson’s crusade against grant abuse predated Cuffee’s cash grab, as she also blew the whistle on federal funds meant for a Junior District Attorney program set up for Atlanta middle schoolers being provided to students outside Georgia.

“I wanted to make sure she knew because I didn’t want any scandal to be related to her,” Timpson said of a July 26, 2021, meeting with Willis. “She immediately cut me off in the middle of my sentence and demoted me from the director of juvenile diversion to a file clerk.”

The dispute is now the subject of a whistleblower complaint filed in Fulton County in August 2022, in which Timpson is seeking damages for lost compensation.

A spokesman for the DA’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Georgia judge overseeing Trump’s election interference case in Atlanta has yet to set a trial date in the case — one of four criminal prosecutions the 77-year-old ex-president is facing in an election year.



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