Judge Scot McAfee, the judge presiding over the prosecution of Donald Trump in Georgia over ‘election interference,’ has set a hearing on allegations Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis engaged in a romantic relationship with the case’s special prosecutor.
“Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee set a Feb. 15 hearing on the motion and ordered prosecutors to file their response by Feb. 2,” the Associated Press reports.
🚨Just in: The Georgia judge who is overseeing the Trump’s case has scheduled a hearing regarding accusations that Fulton County DA Fani Willis and her lead prosecutor engaged in an improper relationship. pic.twitter.com/g93GlL2XfO
— The Calvin Coolidge Project (@TheCalvinCooli1) January 18, 2024
“According to a court motion filed by one of President Trump’s co-defendants in the Georgia election interference case, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis hired an alleged romantic partner to prosecute Trump,” 100 Percent Fed Up previously noted.
From 100 Percent Fed Up:
The court filing, which argued the criminal charges were unconstitutional, alleges Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade had engaged in a “romantic relationship.”Advertisement
It also alleges that Wade, a private attorney, paid for extravagant vacations he took with Willis using the Fulton County funds his law firm received.
“County records show that Wade, who has played a prominent role in the election interference case, has been paid nearly $654,000 in legal fees since January 2022. The DA authorizes his compensation,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
BREAKING – EXPLOSIVE HEARING: Fulton County Judge McAfee Sets Feb. 15 Hearing for DA Fani Willis amid sex/relationship/extravagant vacation/money scandal with special prosecutor Nathan Wade.
NOTE: DA Fani Willis Faces Deadline of Feb. 2 to Respond. pic.twitter.com/vi4vu8encH
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) January 18, 2024
From the Associated Press:
Defense attorney Ashleigh Merchant, who represents former Trump campaign worker Michael Roman, made the allegation in a motion filed last week. She alleged that Willis was involved in a romantic relationship with attorney Nathan Wade that created a conflict of interest and led to Willis profiting personally from the prosecution.
Willis defended her hiring of Wade and his qualifications during an address at a church in Atlanta on Sunday but has not commented publicly on the allegation of a romantic relationship.
Judge orders hearing on accusations against Fani Willis. About dang time. Light it up. 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/WInMV84jAk
— Sassafrass84 (@Sassafrass_84) January 18, 2024
Per NBC News:
Roman’s filing does not provide direct evidence to support the claims, citing only “sources with knowledge” while raising questions about the process by which Willis hired Wade.
Roman’s attorney, Ashleigh Merchant, has told NBC News that some of the evidence could not be shared until Wade’s divorce records are unsealed.
“At a hearing, the concrete evidence would be presented,” she said.
Roman, a former Trump White House aide and campaign staffer, was one of 19 people charged in the case. He is accused of conspiring to organize “alternate electors” to cast votes for Trump after Joe Biden’s won the election in the state in 2020.
Four defendants have pleaded guilty in the case, while the others, including Roman and Trump, have pleaded not guilty.