Cellphone Data Questions The Start Of Willis-Wade Relationship

According to cellphone data included in a court submission filed Friday, Nathan Wade appeared to make at least 35 visits to the Hapeville neighborhood where Fani Willis was living before the district attorney hired him to lead Fulton County’s election interference prosecution.

The filing, by attorneys for former President Donald Trump, raises new questions about the relationship between the two prosecutors, which Trump and other defendants argue has tainted the case against them and should result in Willis and her office being disqualified.

Late Friday, Willis disputed the defendants’ evidence in a court motion seeking to have it excluded. She said the submission violated court rules and “does not prove anything relevant.”

“The records do nothing more than demonstrate that Special Prosecutor Wade’s telephone was located somewhere within a densely populated multiple-mile radius where various residences, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and other businesses are located,” Willis’ motion said.

If the data is correct, they could contradict Wade’s testimony last week that he had visited Willis at her condo in Hapeville no more than 10 times before he was hired in November 2021. The data also indicates that in the months before Willis and Wade said their relationship became romantic early in 2022, Wade’s phone twice arrived in the area late at night and left early the following day.

Both Wade and Willis testified last week that they did not spend the night together at the Hapeville condo.

If Wade and Will were a couple before she hired him, it raises the prospect that she may have violated at least the spirit of anti-nepotism rules. More importantly, Willis and Wade testified under oath that the relationship began in 2022. If defense attorneys can prove that they lied under oath, it could constitute perjury.

The Trump court filing included an affidavit from Charles Mittelstadt, a longtime investigator for defense attorneys. He said he obtained the cellphone data from AT&T through a subpoena.

It will now be up to Fulton Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee to decide whether to admit Mittelstadt’s affidavit and the phone records into evidence.