Trump Prosecutor Fani Willis Hosts High-Dollar DC Fundraiser

Event comes as Republicans accuse Willis of using her prosecution of Trump to boost her political career

Fani Willis (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
November 13, 2023

Fani Willis (D.), the Georgia district attorney leading the election-meddling case against former president Donald Trump, this week is holding a campaign fundraiser in Washington, D.C., where seats are running as high as $6,600, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.

The fundraiser is being hosted by A. Scott Bolden, an attorney and the former chairman of the D.C. Democratic Party, according to an invitation obtained by the Free Beacon. Bolden has slammed Trump as a "charlatan."

The high-dollar fundraiser comes as Republicans accuse Willis of using her prosecution of Trump to boost her political career. Republican lawmakers in August opened an investigation into whether Willis's case is politically motivated.

Seats at the event start at $250 per person and go up to $6,600. The fundraiser will take place on Wednesday evening at Reed Smith, a prominent D.C. law firm where Bolden is a partner.

Bolden declined to comment. Willis did not respond to a request for comment.

Willis's decision to host a high-priced fundraiser in the nation's capital, over 600 miles away from her Fulton County, Ga., district, could play into allegations from Republicans that she's taking aim at Trump to raise her national political profile and help the Democratic Party's chances in the 2024 election.

The chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, Josh McKoon, slammed Willis as a "power-mad prosecutor" after she filed racketeering and conspiracy charges against Trump in August, claiming that her "loyalty to her political party, her own ambition exceeds her loyalty to her country." Many of Trump's former aides and advisers were also charged.

Willis said the defendants "refused to accept that Trump lost, and they knowingly and willfully joined a conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump."

House Judiciary Committee chairman Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) launched an investigation into Willis days later, questioning whether Trump was being "subjected to politically motivated investigations and prosecutions."

Bolden, the former chairman of the D.C. Democratic Party, has repeatedly weighed in on Trump's legal issues on national and local TV, arguing that the "more [Trump] gets indicted … the harder it is for him to get independents and even moderate Republicans to support his candidacy."

"If [Trump] was in therapy, they'd call him the eight-year-old narcissist," he said in an MSNBC interview last month.

In a 2020 Fox News column, Bolden called Trump a "charlatan" whose "rampage across our democracy has wounded us all" and argued that the "stranglehold Trumpism has on the GOP must be unraveled."

Bolden earlier this year represented former Baltimore state's attorney Marilyn Mosby (D.) against charges of federal loan fraud. Bolden stepped down from the case after he was admonished by the judge for allegedly revealing private juror records, using profanity, and accusing the prosecution of racism, according to reports. Mosby was convicted earlier this month in the fraud case, and she faces up to 10 years in federal prison.