Georgia Judge Orders Hearing On Fani Willis Misconduct Allegations
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - AUGUST 14: Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis speaks during a news conference at the Fulton County Government building on August 14, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. A grand jury today handed up an indictment naming former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies over an alleged attempt to overturn the 2020 election results in the state.
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A Georgia judge has ordered a hearing on allegations that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis had an inappropriate relationship with a prosecutor she appointed to work her 2020 Georgia election case against former President Donald Trump. 

Willis is accused of going on lavish vacations with private lawyer Nathan Wade at the same time her office paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Trump case. Wade, who reportedly has little prosecuting experience, is allegedly in a romantic relationship with Willis. 

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee said on Thursday that Willis must respond in writing to the allegations by February 2 and schedule a hearing on the accusations on February 15, according to the Washington Post. 

The allegations against Willis were made by former Trump campaign aide Mike Roman in a court filing that said that the charges against him should be dismissed and that Wade should not be working the case. 

Wade has reportedly received more than $650,000 since January of 2022 from the Fulton County DA’s office. Willis is also accused of misleading county officials in seeking extra funds to pay Wade, and in what could be a state violation, allegedly never seeking the county’s approval to hire him, as is required by Georgia law.


Willis has suggested that the accusations against her are racially motivated. 

“They only attacked one,” Willis said on Sunday in response to the criticism of Wade. “First thing they say, ‘Oh, she’s gonna play the race card now.’ But no God, isn’t it them that’s playing the race card when they only question one.”

“Isn’t it them playing the race card when they constantly think I need someone from some other jurisdiction in some other state to tell me how to do a job I’ve been doing almost 30 years,” she added. 

House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) is also investigating Wade and his ties to both Willis and the White House. Wade reportedly met with Democrats several times in Washington, D.C., including meetings with the Democrat-run January 6 Committee and at the White House prior to the launch of the Georgia election case against Trump. 

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