( – Republican Georgia State Sen. Colton Moore has called for an emergency special session of the state legislature to cut state funding for District Attorney (DA) Fani Willis’ office in Fulton County after the arrest of former President Donald Trump. Moore calls the work by Willis that of political persecution against Trump and the 18 co-defendants, saying that her partisanship against Trump should not receive taxpayer support.

Moore also attacked Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, stating that he is a disgrace for his double standard for not criticizing Hillary Clinton and Stacey Abrams for their criticism of election results but allowing for the prosecution and rhetoric against Trump’s skepticism to happen in Georgia. 33 Republican State Senators have voiced positive support for such a special session of the 56-member legislative body.

This call for defunding the DA office follows Trump’s surrender on Aug. 24 to the Fulton County Jail. A grand jury, prompted by Willis, indicted him on 13 charges for alleged criminal efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results, making this Trump’s fourth criminal indictment. Willis is attempting to begin the trial on Oct. 23, an ambitious schedule for prosecution. However, Trump opposes the proposed trial date.

Despite this, Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign continues to dominate the field of Republican opponents. Trump leads with 51.6%, with almost a 40-point lead over runner-up Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at 14.8%. Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy also breaks double digits with 10.3%. 

However, the other candidates, even the ones who attended the debate, are below 5%. Former Vice President Mike Pence, who has criticized Trump for his actions in the aftermath of the 2020 election, is at 4.2%, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott is at 3.7%, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is at 3.5%, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is at 3.4%, and both former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and North Dakota Doug Burgum are both under 1%. 

As the prosecution of Trump continues, further legal troubles will impact the Republican primary, much to the dismay of Republican critics who believe this is an attempt to interfere with the election.

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