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Fani Willis: D.A In Young Thug And Trump Case Defends Affair She Had With Special Prosecutor Appointed To Handle Case

BY Abena Dzaka February 8, 2024 11:56 AM EDT
Photo Credit: Facebook @Fani Willis

There is a request for the removal of Young Thug and Donald Trump’s prosecutor, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, from Georgia’s case involving election meddling against former President Donald Trump. 

The demands are a result of claims that she had an affair with Nathan Wade, the special prosecutor she appointed to handle the case.

The District Attorney on Friday acknowledged Willis’s relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade and the alleged affair between the two. However, she stated that she is not resigning from the election fraud case against former President Donald Trump and 14 other individuals because she has done nothing wrong and denied that it created a conflict of interest.

According to Fani Willis “To be clear, the personal relationship between Special Prosecutor Wade and District Attorney Willis has never involved direct or indirect financial benefit to District Attorney Willis,” Willis stated in a court filing. Willis did not clarify whether the partnership was still going.

About the purported relationship, Willis, Wade, and the district attorney’s office as a whole were all asked to be disqualified by the court by Michael Roman, the attorney for the former Trump campaign official. Wade was also charged by Roman with embezzling some of the over $650,000 paid to take Willis on cruises to the Caribbean, Florida, and California.

However, Fani Willis has requested that Superior Court’s judge, Scott McAfee “summarily” deny a motion filed by Michael Roman, a former Trump campaign official, to have Wade, her, and the district attorney’s office removed from the case. She has also requested that the hearing on the controversy, scheduled for February 15 and at which Willis and Wade might be asked to testify, be canceled.

In a prior affidavit, Willis acknowledged having a “personal relationship” with Wade; however, she stated that the relationship started in 2022, following his appointment to the case. She “has no personal conflict of interest that justifies her disqualification personally or that of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office,” according to her office, and she “has no financial conflict of interest that constitutes a legal basis for disqualification.”

Online information indicates that an evidentiary hearing regarding the allegations is set for February 16.