Fani Willis, the prosecutor leading the case against former President Donald Trump’s alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election, has responded to allegations regarding a personal relationship with another lawyer involved in the case. In a court filing on Friday, Willis acknowledged the relationship. Still, he vehemently denied any impropriety, stating that the claims had “no merit” and did not affect the integrity of the prosecution.
Allegations and Response
Trump and his co-defendants have sought to disqualify Willis from the case, alleging that she benefited financially from an undisclosed relationship with Nathan Wade, a lawyer hired to assist in the investigation. Willis dismissed these claims, asserting they were designed to disrupt the prosecution without any factual basis.
“While the allegations raised in the various motions are salacious and garnered the media attention they were designed to obtain, none provide this Court with any basis upon which to order the relief they seek,” Willis stated in the filing.
Trump’s Reaction and Defense
In response to Willis’ filing, Trump criticized the case on his social media platform, calling it a “scam” and “totally discredited.” His lead defense lawyer, Steven Sadow, accused Willis of attempting to overlook alleged misconduct, emphasizing the seriousness of the allegations against her.
Denial of Conflict of Interest
Willis asserted that her relationship with Wade did not compromise the prosecution’s integrity nor provide any personal or financial stake in the case for either prosecutor. She dismissed conflict of interest claims as unfounded, labeling them “fantastical theories and rank speculation.”
Details of the Relationship
In a sworn statement, Nathan Wade confirmed the personal relationship with Willis but clarified that it began after he was hired for his role in the investigation. He stated that Willis received no financial benefit from their relationship.
Allegations of Financial Impropriety
Trump’s co-defendant, Michael Roman, alleged in a court filing that Wade paid for vacations with Willis while receiving compensation from her office for work on the probe. Records from Wade’s divorce case revealed instances of him paying for airline flights for Willis during the investigation, with expenses allegedly divided between them.
Legal Proceedings and Future Hearings
The legal battle surrounding Trump’s alleged election interference continues, with Willis urging the judge to reject attempts to remove her from the case without a hearing. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee has scheduled a hearing on February 15 to address the allegations and related issues.
In Georgia, Trump and several political allies are facing racketeering and other charges in connection with efforts to reverse his 2020 election defeat in the state. Despite legal maneuvers, the prosecution remains steadfast in its pursuit of justice.