Georgetown University law professor and national security analyst Mary McCord is being dragged on social media for daring to criticize the “tone” and “condescending language” Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis used in her written response to Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan’s investigation into her conduct.
“I personally think, as somebody who has spent most of my career as a prosecutor, I would not have used the tone or the condescending language that she used,” McCord told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Thursday’s edition of “The Last Word.”
“I personally think it detracts from the power of her legal arguments and her factual arguments, which stand on their own,” she stated.
As BizPac Review reported, hours before Trump was set to surrender and have his booking photo taken at the Fulton County jail, Jordan fired off a letter to Willis noting, “The timing of this prosecution reinforces concerns about your motivation.”
Jordan told Willis that “there are questions about whether and how your office coordinated with DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith during the course of this investigation, and Congress has an interest in any such activity that involves federal law enforcement agencies and officials that fall under its oversight. News outlets have reported that your office and Mr. Smith ‘interviewed many of the same witnesses and reviewed much of the same evidence’ in reaching your decision to indict President Trump.”
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Willis fired back with a letter of her own, claiming the “obvious purpose” of Jordan’s letter was to “obstruct a Georgia criminal proceeding and to advance outrageous partisan misrepresentation.”
“[Y]our letter seeks the revelation of non-public and privileged information concerning my office’s investigation and prosecution of a specific case,” she stated. “Your public statements and your letter itself make clear that you lack any legitimate legislative purpose for that inquiry: your job description as a legislator does not include criminal law enforcement, nor does it include supervising a specific criminal trial because you believe that doing so will promote your partisan political objectives.”
“While settled constitutional law clearly permits me to ignore your unjustified and illegal intrusion into an open state criminal prosecution, I will take a moment to voluntarily respond to parts of your letter,” Willis continued. “Chairman Jordan, I tell people often ‘deal with reality or reality will deal with you.’ It is time that you deal with some basic realities. A Special Purpose Grand Jury made up of everyday citizens investigated for 10 months and made recommendations to me. A further reality is that a grand jury of completely different Fulton County citizens found probable cause against the defendants named in the indictment for RICO violations and various other felonies.”
“Face this reality, Chairman Jordan: the select group of defendants who you fret over in my jurisdiction are like every other defendant, entitled to no worse or better treatment than any other American citizen.”
Willis berated Jordan for his “understanding of the law.”
“Your letter makes clear that you lack a basic understanding of the law, its practice, and the ethical obligations of attorneys generally and prosecutors specifically,” she stated.
“If you and your colleagues follow through on your threats to deny this office federal funds, please be aware that you will be deciding to allow serial rapists to go unprosecuted, hate crimes to be unaddressed, and to cancel programs for at-risk children,” she claimed. “Such vengeful, uncalled for legislative action would impose serious harm on the citizens we serve, including the fact that it will make them less safe.”
The letter was peppered with patronizing language such as “Allow me the opportunity to provide a brief tutorial on criminal conspiracy law…” and “To educate you on the important work that our partnership with the federal government funds…”
“This reminds me of something that somebody wrote when they were mad and probably should have slept on it and then maybe done summary drafting,” McCord told O’Donnell. “But that’s my personal preference. And I partly say that because I do think in this particular time in America of such coarse language and uncivil discourse and polarization, that it would really behoove prosecutors to not contribute to that.”
“I think she has good reason to be angry and good reason to want to be condescending to Jim Jordan. I certainly feel that way about Jim Jordan,” she added. “But I really wish the letter had just stuck with the way it started… she’s got good legal arguments.”
Naturally, O’Donnell was tickled with Willis’s response, calling it “a work of the finest legal poetry I have ever read.”
“I think it’s a beautiful rage that she brings to an abject buffoon who is a danger to America and the American government, and he deserves more than what she said,” he stated, adding he “could go on and on”
“It’s a letter I could read and reread,” O’Donnell gushed.
On X, liberals were ready to trash McCord for departing from the accepted narrative, going so far as to accuse the left-leaning former Obama administration Department of Justice official of being a racist.
“Mary McCord’s critique of Fani Willis’ letter to Jim Jordan has a tinge of ‘stay in your place,’ ‘live small,’ and ‘don’t be too loud,'” claimed one user. “There has been a consistent theme of white men and white women second-guessing the decisions of Fani Willis.”
“Exactly! How dare ‘Mary McCord’ try to silence Fanni Willis!” another user replied. “She’s just part of the 53% of White women who voted for Trump! They want to go back to 1920! Where black woman are maids without power!”
Exactly! How dare “Mary McCord” try to silence Fanni Willis! She’s just part of the 53% of White women who voted for Trump! They want to go back to 1920! Where black woman are maids without power!
— SLAVERY DID NOT BENEFIT BLACK PEOPLE! (@Mompreneur_of_3) September 8, 2023
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