The Fulton County, Georgia, election interference case against Donald Trump and 18 of his allies may be in trouble.
Cobb County Superior Court Judge Henry Thompson on Monday unsealed the divorce file of Nathan Wade, the lead prosecutor in the Trump case. Wade has been accused of having an improper relationship with Fani Willis, the Fulton County district attorney who brought criminal charges against the former president last summer. The judge also on Monday delayed Willis’ testimony in the matter until after Wade is deposed on Jan. 31.
Mike Roman, a former Trump aide who was indicted in the Fulton County election interference probe, alleged earlier this month that Willis has had a romantic relationship with Wade, who has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars working as a special prosecutor on Willis’ case against the former president. Roman’s lawyer, Ashleigh Merchant, filed a motion arguing that the arrangement is illegal and that both Willis and Wade should be disqualified from prosecuting the case.
Wade has been in the process of getting a divorce, and Willis has been subpoenaed to testify in the proceedings. The divorce file may shed light on what role Willis played in the divorce, and, more specifically, whether she and Wade were involved romantically while Wade was working on the high-profile case she brought against Trump. Wade’s wife has called Willis her soon-to-be-ex-husband’s “paramour,” and on Friday her attorney filed a motion that included credit card statements showing that Wade paid for airline tickets for Willis in 2022 and 2023.
The allegations could unravel Willis’ election interference case against Trump, one of the a slew of criminal and civil cases Trump is facing as he vies to reclaim the presidency. Trump has claimed all of his legal woes are part of an elaborate Democratic conspiracy orchestrated by the Biden administration in order to hurt the former president’s reelection chances. Trump’s team is thusly doing all it can to breathe life into the idea that those investigating him are corrupt, and Rolling Stone reported that the allegations against Willis sent his team scrambling to dig up more dirt on the Atlanta-area district attorney.
Willis has not commented on the allegations, only noting in church last week that Wade is a “great friend” with “impeccable” credentials. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee has ordered her to respond in writing by Feb. 2, and scheduled a hearing on the matter on Feb. 15. Regardless of whether she and Wade are ordered off the case, the scandal is a huge blow its credibility, and a gift to the former president.
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