Last week, Fulton County DA Fani Willis received a subpoena to provide testimony in the divorce case of her colleague. This development suggests that investigators have grounds to suspect that she may have compromised her own prosecution of former President Donald Trump due to allegations of an inappropriate romantic involvement.
DA Willis was informed by a process server who visited her office in Georgia that she is required to participate in the divorce proceedings of Nathan Wade, a lawyer whom she had previously engaged as a special prosecutor in the case against Trump, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. The subpoena, requested by Joycelyn Wade, the wife of Wade, was delivered to Willis’s executive assistant.
Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, forecasted the potential removal of Willis from the case involving former President Donald Trump due to her suspected romantic involvement with the special prosecutor.
According to reports, Willis allegedly provided a payment of more than $600,000 to Nathan Wade, with whom she is said to have had an extramarital relationship, in order to appoint him as a special prosecutor for the investigation of former President Donald Trump’s attempts to challenge the outcome of the 2020 election in Georgia. Turley stated that the 13-count indictment, which includes RICO allegations against Trump and others, obtained by Willis in August, has the potential to remain valid. However, Willis might encounter consequences as a result.
“This is a very serious problem for her,” Turley asserted to “America Reports” co-host John Roberts. “It may not ultimately make a huge difference in the prosecution. It may result in her removal, might actually result in a delay, but it won’t necessarily result in the dismissal of the case against Trump,” he went on.
Contracts show that Willis compensated Wade, her alleged romantic partner, at a rate of $250 per hour for his services on the case, in contrast to the $150 per hour given to John Floyd, the foremost RICO specialist in Georgia. Willis asserted her position during a speech at a church in the Atlanta region, contending that her detractors were driven by racial prejudice. The Daily Caller, a news outlet founded by former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, revealed the contracts.
In 2015, Floyd aided Willis in the RICO prosecution of numerous teachers in the Atlanta metro for their involvement in a cheating scam. Those prosecutions resulted in 11 people being convicted. Wade’s area of expertise lies in family law, and he has experience as a municipal court judge with a specialization in tickets for traffic violations.
“I hired one white woman, a good personal friend and great lawyer, a superstar, I tell you,” Willis proclaimed to those in attendance at the church. “I hired one white man, brilliant, my friend and a great lawyer and I hired one black man, another superstar, a great friend and a great lawyer … First thing they say: ‘oh, she [is going to] play the race card now.’ But no, God, isn’t it them who’s playing the race card when they only question one?”
Interrogations on DA Willis’s romantic affairs arose when a co-defendant of Trump submitted a motion to remove her office from the proceedings, claiming an “improper, clandestine personal relationship during the pendency of this case.” Mike Roman, a former Trump campaign official, is among the individuals who have been accused, along with President Trump and 16 other individuals, of engaging in efforts to undermine the outcome of Georgia’s 2020 election.
Ashleigh Merchant, a lawyer for Roman, stated that the connection between Willis and Wade led to the special prosecutor and subsequently the district attorney benefiting greatly from this prosecution, while the taxpayers bore the cost. She asserts that the documents within the confidential divorce case would provide evidence to support Roman’s accusations, and she has asked the judge to order their disclosure.
During an interview, Merchant stated that she had thoroughly examined all the minutes of the meeting of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, whose responsibility it is to authorize the appointment of special prosecutors. She asserts that she was unable to locate any occurrence in which DA Willis formally requested the employment of Wade.
Merchant’s legal submissions surprised the Atlanta judicial world and rapidly attracted attention nationwide, thrusting DA Willis, a hitherto obscure leftist prosecutor, into the intense spotlight of the national arena. The outcome of her racketeering case, currently being heard by Judge Scott McAfee in Fulton County Superior Court, may depend on whether or not she strictly adhered to the legal requirements in her personal affairs. She was previously accused of being involved in a love relationship with a former drug dealer who was later convicted by her office.
Earlier last week, regarding a separate case, Trump vehemently criticized President Biden and cautioned about the potential chaos that could ensue if his prosecution is let to proceed. This statement was made shortly after his counsel claimed in court that he possesses complete immunity from any legal action stemming from his tenure as president.