NewsFani Willis Stays On Trump Case If Nathan Wade Resigns

Fani Willis Stays On Trump Case If Nathan Wade Resigns

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A judge has ruled that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis can continue prosecution in the Donald Trump Georgia election interference case – if the special prosecutor she admitted having a romantic relationship with steps aside. 

Judge Scott McAfee handed the ruling down on Mar. 15, saying that Willis’ relationship with Nathan Wade issued a conflict of interest in the racketeering case and that one must leave the case for it to continue.

“The established record now highlights a significant appearance of impropriety that infects the current structure of the prosecution team — an appearance that must be removed through the State’s selection of one of two options,” McAfee wrote in his 23-page ruling. 

“The Defendants’ motions are therefore granted in part.” 

Prosecution in the case halted after Trump’s co-defended Michael Roman issued a probe into Willis and Wade’s relationship. Both attorneys faced grueling questions during a three-day hearing as defense attorneys attempted to prove that Willis benefited financially from lavish vacations after hiring Wade. However, during Willis’ emotional testimony, she reminded defense attorneys that she wasn’t the one on trial. “You’re confused. You think I’m on trial,” Willis told defense attorney Ashleigh Merchant, according to ABC News.

As the judge pointed out, “reasonable members of the public could easily be left to wonder whether the financial exchanges have continued,” he said he didn’t find the main witnesses credible to prove any alleged conflict, including Wade’s former divorce lawyer Terrence Bradley. Bradley sent text messages to suggest the duo’s relationship began earlier than prosecutors’ claims. McAfee said he wouldn’t put “any stock” on the texts as Bradley alleged the texts were speculation and not based on actual facts. 

“His inconsistencies, demeanor, and generally non-responsive answers left far too brittle a foundation upon which to build any conclusions,” McAfee wrote. 

But Willis’ legal woes are far from over as she now faces threats of contempt from the U.S. House Committee. Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) issued a subpoena, dated Feb. 2, claiming Willis “failed to comply voluntarily” with their requests for documents related to her office’s receipt and use of U.S. Department of Justice grants. Jordan is accusing the DA of firing an employee who attempted to interrupt the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office from using a federal grant for outside purposes like travel, computers, and “swag” in correlation to creating a Center of Youth Empowerment and Gang Prevention.

The Republican congressman claims “a whistleblower has come forth” with receipts of mismanagement of alleged federal grant dollars.”

A spokesperson from Willis’ office has since responded, calling the allegations false and adding that the “whistleblower” was from a previous administration.

Source: Black Enterprise

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