Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis confirmed a “personal relationship” with lead prosecutor Nathan Wade but dismissed allegations of wrongdoing or conflicts of interest in the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald Trump.
Willis responded to a motion seeking her and Wade’s removal from the case, emphasizing that the motion aimed to sensationalize their personal lives rather than address legal concerns. Willis asserted that neither financial nor personal conflicts warranted their disqualification.
Wade supported Willis’s response with an affidavit, acknowledging their relationship but clarifying that it didn’t involve shared finances or household expenses. He affirmed his financial independence and impartiality, stating he had no vested interest in the trial’s outcome.
The allegations emerged during Wade’s divorce proceedings, revealing credit card statements indicating he funded trips for Willis. Despite the scrutiny, Willis expressed no intention of stepping down from the case.
The defense, led by Ashleigh Merchant, argued for case dismissal, citing an inappropriate romantic relationship and a potential conflict of interest. Trump and another co-defendant joined the motion, with a hearing scheduled for February 15. Willis urged dismissal without a hearing, deeming the motions meritless.
The response also defended Wade’s qualifications, dismissing claims as “factually inaccurate, unsupported, and malicious.” Exhibits showcased Wade’s legal accolades, countering assertions about his competence.
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, issued a subpoena to Willis for documents related to federal funds in her office. Willis criticized the subpoena, alleging interference with a criminal prosecution.
The developments unfold against a backdrop of attempts to undermine the legitimacy of the case, with Trump and critics leveraging the relationship allegations against Willis to cast doubt on the prosecution’s credibility.