Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis got some bad news.
Willis’s case against Donald Trump regarding the 2020 election suffered a massive body blow.
And now Fani Willis will have to face the music in court for this huge sex scandal.
Trump co-defendant Michael Roman shook up Willis’s criminal case against the former president and his co-defendants with a bombshell court filing.
Roman’s lawyer Ashleigh Merchant asked Judge Scott McAfee to throw out the case against Roman due to Willis violating conflict of interest regulations by hiring Nathan Wade to be the special prosecutor on his case despite the two allegedly having an affair.
Merchant wrote she reviewed court records from Wade’s divorce proceeding that would confirm the allegations and asked the judge to unseal the records.
“Merchant said sealed records from the divorce case, viewed before the court limited access to the documents, substantiate her claims. She also asked the judge in that case to unseal the records,” the Wall Street Journal exclusively reported.
And to add further fuel to the fire, Willis also reportedly received a subpoena to testify in the divorce case.
“In a court filing reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, a process server said he showed up at Willis’s office in Atlanta on Monday morning with a subpoena seeking her testimony in the Cobb County divorce case of Nathan Wade, a lawyer she hired as a special prosecutor in the Trump case, and his wife, Joycelyn Wade. The process server said he left the subpoena, filed by Joycelyn Wade’s lawyer, with Willis’s executive assistant,” the Journal also reported.
Documents show Willis paid Wade $654,000 over a 24-month period including eyebrow-raising billing statements such as Wade claiming to have worked 24 hours in one day on the case and taking eight hours to read case summaries.
Merchant also alleged that Willis and Wade engaged in potential criminal activity by violating federal honest services fraud statutes when Wade used the money Willis’s office paid him to book a vacation in Napa Valley and a cruise.
Finally, Merchant argued that Wade’s appointment – and the indictments his work produced – was void due to the fact that the Fulton County Board of Commissioners never approved Willis hiring Wade as the law requires.
“The Fulton County Board of Commissioners is supposed to approve contracts like those for special prosecutors, but Merchant reviewed the minutes of every meeting the board held from the time Willis took office and found no record that Wade’s contract was ever discussed, she said in an interview Monday evening,” the Journal also reported.
Willis never denied the allegations and only said she would respond in court filings.
If Merchant proves these charges to be true, then Judge McAfee will have to disqualify Willis’s entire office from handling this case.
That would hand the decision on how – or even if – to proceed to Georgia’s Republican Attorney General, Chris Carr.
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