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Court Filing: Fani Willis Admits to Relationship with Her Top Trump Prosecutor

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis admitted in a Friday court filing to a relationship with a lawyer she appointed to prosecute former President Donald Trump but denied the relationship interfered in the case.

Until Friday, Willis had not confirmed the affair or denied the impact of the relationship on the case.

If Willis resigns or recuses herself from the case, it could effectively end the county’s prosecution of Trump or potentially delay the proceedings until after the presidential election. Republicans have accused Willis of interfering in the presidential election.

Trump and codefendant Mike Roman have accused Willis and Nathan Wade, her top prosecutor, of corruption in the case for:

  1. Maintaining an improper romantic relationship
  2. Enriching themselves through the taxpayer-funded prosecution 
  3. Meeting with Biden administration officials before indicting Trump and codefendants

Willis claimed the allegations are “meritless” and “salacious” and requested the judge reject the motion filed by Trump and codefendants that would essentially torpedo her case, Willis’s 176-pagecourt filing states:

  1. “District Attorney Willis has no financial conflict of interest that constitutes a legal basis for disqualification;”
  2. “District Attorney Willis has no personal conflict of interest that justifies her disqualification personally or that of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office;”
  3. “The attacks on Special Prosecutor Wade’s qualifications are factually inaccurate, unsupported, and malicious, in addition to providing no basis whatsoever to dismiss the indictment or disqualify Special Prosecutor Wade;”
  4. “Criticism of the process utilized to appoint and compensate the special prosecutors in this case demonstrates basic misunderstandings of rudimentary county and state regulations, and provides no legal basis for dismissal of the indictment or disqualification of any member of the prosecution.”

In January, the Georgia judge ordered Willis to “respond” to the corruption accusations in writing by February 2. The order will force Willis to speak on February 15 on live television about the allegations, the Washington Post reported:

Outside Roman’s action, initiatives are in the works to investigate Willis’s conduct. The Georgia State Senate on January 26 approved launching a subpoena-powered investigation. The probe does not have the power to remove her from office, but the hearings could embarrass her.

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) launched an investigation into Willis on January 12, 2024, for accepting more than $14.6 million in grant funds from the Department of Justice (DOJ) between 2020 and 2023. The timeframe of the funding suggests the DOJ granted Willis federal funds to finance the prosecution of Trump. Willis refused to supply documents to Jordan, so the Ohio congressman subpoenaed her Friday.

On Monday, Georgia House members passed a bill to recreate a committee to remove Willis. Gov. Brian Kemp (R) supports this method, as he opposed launching a criminal investigation into Willis. Kemp denied Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) complaint that sought the dismissal of the charges against Trump.

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