Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has rejected calls from several state Republican officials for a special legislative session to possibly impeach Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis after former President Donald Trump and 18 co-defendants were indicted on felony charges as part of her investigation into alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Kemp stated at a news conference on Thursday that he had previously rejected requests for a special session of the state General Assembly to annul the results of the 2020 election “because such an action would have been unconstitutional.”

Kemp stressed that he has not “seen any evidence” that Willis’ actions were unlawful.

“Let me be clear: We have a law in the state of Georgia that clearly outlines the legal steps that can be taken if constituents believe their local prosecutors are violating their oath by engaging in unethical or illegal behavior. Up to this point, I have not seen any evidence that DA Willis’ actions, or lack thereof, warrant action by the Prosecuting Attorney Oversight Commission,” Kemp said.

Kemp said a special session to impeach Willis is “not feasible and may ultimately prove to be unconstitutional.”

“The bottom line is that in the state of Georgia as long as I’m governor, we’re going to follow the law and the Constitution, regardless of who it helps and harms politically,” he continued. “Over the last few years, some inside and outside of this building may have forgotten that. But I can assure you that I have not.”

Kemp added: “In Georgia, we will not be engaging in political theater that only inflames the emotions of the moment. We will do what is right. We will uphold our oath to public service. And it is my belief that our state will be better off for it.”

A judge ruled on Thursday that court proceedings in the election interference case against Trump and 18 co-defendants in Fulton County will be televised and livestreamed.

All hearings and trials will be broadcast on the Fulton County Court YouTube channel, according to several media sources. Judge Scott McAfee, who is overseeing the case, said pool coverage for broadcast news media will be allowed.

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“He also faces two federal indictments — one related to the mishandling of classified information and another also related to 2020 election interference — but federal courtrooms generally do not allow cameras. The former president also faces charges in Manhattan related to hush money payments before the 2016 election,” The Hill reported.

“However, if any of the defendants get their case transferred to federal court, as former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is attempting to do, McAfee’s ruling would not apply. Meadows took the stand in Atlanta on Monday at a hearing where he argued his case should be moved. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones did not rule on the case at the hearing and will issue a ruling in writing at a later time,” the outlet added.

A growing number of state Republican lawmakers in Georgia are examining ways to stop Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from prosecuting Trump after she indicted him and 18 others over racketeering allegations linked to the 2020 election.

“Soon after the indictment against Trump and others was filed, discussions were underway to have Willis removed from office or face investigations and impeachment hearings over allegations of a partisan probe against the former president and frontrunner in the 2024 GOP primary,” Newsweek noted.

One move some GOP lawmakers are considering is using a law signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in May that would allow them to establish a new commission that would have the authority to remove local prosecutors who are deemed unable to fulfill their “constitutional and statutory duties.”

In a statement released then, Kemp’s office said that the creation of the Prosecuting Attorneys Qualifications Commission (PAQC), which is set to begin receiving complaints about prosecutors starting from October 1, will function as a “valuable oversight mechanism” for district attorneys within the state.

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