DA in Georgia Election Case Had Romantic Affair with Prosecutor?

DA in Georgia Election Case Had Romantic Affair with Prosecutor?

In a recent development related to the Georgia Election Case, one of Donald Trump’s co-defendants is making a move to have the indictment against him dismissed. The individual is also calling for the disqualification of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. The reason behind this request is the allegation that Willis was involved in a personal and romantic relationship with a key prosecutor she brought into the case. This purported romantic affair is claimed to have led to financial gains for both parties involved.

Michael Roman, a former Trump campaign staff member, filed a court motion on Monday, accusing Willis of potentially committing an act to defraud the public by intentionally failing to disclose the alleged romantic relationship that she personally benefited from. Roman’s attorney, Ashleigh Merchant, argues in the 127-page filing that both the district attorney and the special prosecutor have violated laws regarding the use of public funds, face irreparable conflicts of interest, and have breached their oaths of office under the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct. The motion calls for their disqualification from prosecuting the case.

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis speaks during a news conference at the Fulton County Government building, Aug. 14, 2023, in Atlanta.|Abc News

According to sources cited in the filing, Willis and the special prosecutor, Nathan Wade, were romantically involved before he was brought onto the case, and this relationship allegedly continued during the proceedings. The filing contends that Willis appointed Wade as a special prosecutor without proper government authorization. Additionally, it claims that despite Wade’s lack of relevant experience, he has been paid around $650,000 in legal fees, suggesting a self-serving arrangement.

A spokesperson for the Fulton County DA responded that the office would address these allegations through appropriate court filings.

Trump, seizing on these allegations, took to social media, asserting that all charges against him and others should be dropped immediately, accompanied by apologies and monetary damages for what he deemed an illegal and highly political persecution of innocent people.

Chris Timmons, a former Georgia prosecutor and current ABC News contributor, noted that while the indictment might not be in jeopardy after preliminary review, there could be potential disqualification of prosecutors going forward. Trump and other defendants had previously pleaded not guilty to charges in a racketeering indictment related to alleged efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. Some co-defendants have since taken plea deals in exchange for testifying against others. Trump has consistently criticized the district attorney’s investigation as politically motivated.

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