Former President Donald Trump is expected to turn himself in tomorrow to Fulton County, Georgia, authorities after its District Attorney Fani Willis filed charges against him and 18 others for attempting to overturn election results in the state.
As the historic case unfolds, Willis isn't exactly standing on the sidelines. She's at the center of the storm as Trump supporters issue threats and the man himself mocks and ridicules her. She discussed that and more in an interview with V103 Atlanta's Maria Boynton in Atlanta.
Since filing the charges, Willis has faced threats from supporters of the former president, who are calling the prosecution a sham. Trump appeared in New Hampshire earlier this month and not only called Willis a “racist,” he also made up a story about her having an affair with a gang member.
Just today, he wrote on social media Willis is "overseeing one of the greatest murder and violent crimes disasters in American history."
On V-103 Willis said her team is currently working out consent bonds with all 19 defendants, similar to what she’s done before with other cases.
“We’ve allowed all the defendants until noon on this Friday to turn themselves in. … Should people fail to turn themselves in, then a warrant will be filed on the system, and they’ll have to be arrested,” Willis said.
Trump has said he will turn himself in on Thursday, though only two other defendants have surrendered themselves at the time this story was published.
When it comes to threats and challenges to her credibility, Willis said that, like she’s learned from a young age, “it’s not what they call you, it’s what you answer to.”
“All of the negativity that comes my way, I truly, in the words of [Jesus Christ], brush my shoulders off, and we just keep pushing,” Willis said. “That is not going to deter me from doing my job.”
Willis continued, sharing her resume, and how she is qualified for her position, and the case she is now facing, which she says she is viewing like any other case.
“There’s really nothing sexy about this. The reality is, as a prosecutor, you have a job to do, and your job is to look at the facts if there’s allegations of a crime and then to look at the law.
Why did she charge Trump knowing the furor that would ensue? “If the facts bear out that the law has been broken, then we have a duty and responsibility to bring charges,” she said.