Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has vehemently denied accusations of violating federal law and ethical standards regarding a purported personal relationship with lead prosecutor Nathan Wade in the 2020 election interference case against former President Donald Trump and others.
In a recent court filing, Willis clarified that her relationship with Wade began in 2022, well after Wade was hired for the case in 2021. She refuted claims of financial benefit stemming from the case, emphasizing that their personal relationship did not involve any direct or indirect financial gain for her.
The filing rebuts a motion filed by a Trump codefendant, Mike Roman, who alleged misconduct on the part of Willis and Wade. Roman’s motion sought to dismiss charges against him and remove the DA’s office from the case, citing the alleged relationship and financial incentives.
Willis countered these allegations, asserting that there is no evidence to suggest any financial incentive on her part to pursue convictions in the case. The filing also addressed procedural issues raised by Roman’s motion, including Wade’s oath of office and hiring process.
Despite the lack of concrete evidence supporting the allegations, the controversy surrounding the case has escalated, with attacks on Willis intensifying. Even Trump’s legal team initially hesitated to join the motion against Willis, citing concerns about its nature, but later decided to support it.
The unfolding situation underscores the political and optical challenges facing the prosecution in a high-profile case against a former president. With a hearing scheduled for February 15th, the legal battle continues as Willis seeks to defend the integrity of her office and the ongoing prosecution.