Georgia DA Asks FBI for Security After Trump Protest Remarks

Georgia DA Asks FBI for Security After Trump Protest Remarks Fulton County Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis Fulton County Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

By Theodore Bunker | Monday, 31 January 2022 11:59 AM

The district attorney of Fulton County, Georgia, has called on the FBI to provide additional security for her staff and their office building after former President Donald Trump criticized prosecutors investigating him and called for protests, CNN reports.

"These prosecutors are vicious, horrible people. They're racists and they're very sick — they're mentally sick," Trump said at a rally in Texas on Saturday, referring to the Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, New York Attorney General Letitia James, and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg Jr., all of whom are Black. "They're going after me without any protection of my rights from the Supreme Court or most other courts. In reality, they're not after me, they're after you."

He went on to call for "the biggest protests we have ever had" in Atlanta and other cities if prosecutors "do anything wrong or illegal."

Willis, whose office is probing Trump and his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, sent a letter to the FBI special agent in charge of the agency's field office in Atlanta asking for the FBI to provide assistance since "security concerns were escalated this weekend," by Trump’s comments.

"I am asking that you immediately conduct a risk assessment of the Fulton County Courthouse and Government Center, and that you provide protective resources to include intelligence and federal agents," Willis wrote in the letter, which was obtained by CNN. "It is imperative that these resources are in place well in advance of the convening of the special purpose grand jury."

She added, "We must work together to keep the public safe and ensure that we do not have a tragedy in Atlanta similar to what happened at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021."

The FBI in Atlanta did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.