Fani Willis Accused Of Improper Relationship With Trump Prosecutor

A court motion filed on Monday claimed that District Attorney Fani Willis engaged in improper hiring practices by appointing an alleged romantic partner to prosecute Donald Trump. The motion claimed that Willis created a financial benefit from their relationship and argued that the criminal charges in the case were unconstitutional.

The startling public filing alleged that special prosecutor Nathan Wade, a private attorney, financed extravagant vacations shared with Willis through the funds his law firm received from Fulton County. County records indicate that Wade, who has played a significant role in the election interference case, has received nearly $654,000 in legal fees since January 2022, with his compensation being authorized by the DA.

A motion, submitted in the name of defendant Michael Roman, a former Trump campaign official, aims to have the charges against Roman dropped and to disqualify Willis, Wade and the entire district attorney’s office from any further involvement in the case.

Pallavi Bailey, a spokesperson for Willis, stated that the District Attorney’s office will address Roman’s claims “through proper court submissions.” Wade did not provide an immediate response to a request for comment.

The document lacks concrete evidence to substantiate the alleged romantic relationship between Willis and Wade. However, it does mention that “sources close to both the special prosecutor and the district attorney have confirmed they had an ongoing, personal relationship.”

Ashleigh Merchant, Roman’s attorney, stated that she examined certain documents from Wade’s ongoing divorce proceedings at the Superior Court Clerk’s Office and made copies. The motion argued that the case file was inappropriately sealed afterward because it failed to go through the necessary legal procedures, which typically include a court hearing.

As the case is currently sealed, Merchant has refrained from disclosing the information obtained from the divorce file until the seal is lifted. She has also indicated her intention to request that a judge unseal the case file.

The impact of the contentious issues raised in the filing on the validity of the indictment against Trump and the 14 remaining co-defendants remains uncertain. These issues may either challenge Willis’ professional ethics or introduce confusion and complexity into the legal proceedings.

The document asserts that Willis and Wade were engaged in a romantic relationship that commenced prior to Wade’s appointment as the special prosecutor. It states that they went on trips together to Napa Valley and Florida and embarked on Caribbean cruises using tickets acquired by Wade from Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruise lines. However, it’s worth noting that the filing did not include any documented proof of these purchases.

According to the motion, the payments made to Wade by Fulton County and his subsequent use of those funds to purchase vacations for Willis could potentially constitute honest services fraud, a federal offense in which a vendor provides kickbacks to an employer. The motion also suggested that this scenario might be subject to prosecution under federal racketeering laws.

Merchant said, “The motion is not filed lightly. Nor is it being filed without considerable forethought, research or investigation.”