In a significant move, the Georgia Senate Republican caucus voted to oust State Sen. Colton Moore from their ranks. Moore had taken a bold step in August by initiating efforts to defund, probe, and potentially impeach Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who had brought forth 13 charges against former President Donald Trump.
In a letter addressed to Governor Brian Kemp (R), Moore had announced his intent to launch an emergency legislative special session in August, aiming to carry out a comprehensive inquiry into Willis’ actions. In Georgia, such emergency sessions can be convened either by the governor’s call or by obtaining the signatures of 3/5 of both legislative chambers.
It appears that Governor Kemp and State Senate Republicans did not align with Moore’s push to investigate, defund, and impeach Willis, leading to Moore’s removal from the caucus. In an exclusive statement provided to Breitbart News, Moore commented on his expulsion, saying, “Today’s removal is a direct result of me calling on my Republican colleagues in the Senate to do their job and sign onto an emergency session to investigate Fani Willis.”
He continued, “I stand by my Republican principles. I stand by the Republican platform. Unfortunately, now I will be forced to refer to my colleagues, who ran on being ‘Trump conservatives,’ as the RINO caucus.”
Recent polling from Rasmussen indicated strong support among Georgia Republicans for Moore’s stance. A significant 82 percent of Georgia Republicans believe Trump is unfairly targeted by Willis, while 77 percent expressed dissatisfaction with tax dollars being utilized to prosecute the former president. Additionally, 74 percent of Republicans back the idea of the Georgia legislature convening a special session to halt Willis from prosecuting Trump.
Despite the available mechanisms and popular support, both Governor Kemp and many state Republicans disregarded Moore’s initiative. Governor Kemp had previously stated, “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.”
Former President Trump himself had commended Moore’s actions, highlighting the urgency of countering what he perceived as “the weaponization of the justice system” by some on the left. “A highly respected Georgia State Senator called Moore deserves thanks and congratulations of everyone for having the courage and conviction to fight the radical left lunatics,” Trump stated in a video message.
He further expressed his concerns about Willis’s actions, saying, “She is very bad for America. She is very bad for Georgia.”