Michael Moore, a former U.S. attorney, not to be confused with the documentary filmmaker of the same name, recently suggested that Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis might be admitting to some truth in the allegations against her.
This comes after Willis used race to defend a colleague she is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with.
Moore, speaking on CNN, where he serves as an analyst, said, “We’ve seen now it’s an attack on the people who were questioning or raised the issue for further investigation, and I think that sounds a lot to me like maybe a concession that some of the allegations in the motion must be true.”
Court documents allege that Willis hired special prosecutor Nathan Wade, with whom she is accused of having a romantic relationship, to prosecute former President Trump in Georgia’s election interference case. The documents also claim that Willis benefited financially from this relationship, enjoying lavish vacations funded by the money Wade’s firm received for working the case.
Willis was subpoenaed to appear in court as part of Wade’s divorce case. Her attorney filed a new document claiming Wade’s estranged wife conspired with interested parties to “annoy, embarrass,” and “oppress” Willis.
“Because the parties agree their marriage is irretrievably broken, there is no information that Willis could provide that would be relevant,” the filing stated.
Moore, appointed by President Obama in 2010 and serving until 2015, commented on the potential impact of these allegations on the case against Trump. He believes it poses a “real optics problem” for Willis. Moore anticipates the judge will quickly address the issue, focusing on whether the allegations are accurate and if Wade has the necessary experience for such a significant case.
Moore was also asked about the possibility of Willis facing prosecution for honest services fraud and under the federal racketeering statute, given Wade’s alleged payment of around $650,000 in the case. He thinks any prosecution of Willis would be “far down the road” but highlighted the need for explaining the disparity in payments to Wade compared to another special assistant.
“No judge wants the courtroom to become a circus. The problem with these kinds of allegations is it has a tendency to make a case a circus as opposed to the facts of the case,” Moore said.
Willis recently appeared to use race to defend Wade during a speech in an Atlanta church.
“All three of these special counselors are superstars. But I’m just asking God, is it that some will never see a Black man as qualified no matter his achievements? What more can one achieve? The other two have never been judges. But no one questions their credentials,” Willis remarked.
Moore criticized her comments, stating, “To see in a case like this where she makes the allegations, he’s been questioned because he may be an African American male, it misses the mark. I don’t think you can use race as a sword to attack somebody, clearly, nor do I think you can use it as a shield to hide behind to say, simply because you may be African American, that your activities are beyond any inquiry, especially when these allegations are made. I think that’s the line she’s crossed.”
Moore added that Willis’ approach makes it more likely that some of the allegations may be true. He previously advised Willis to step away from the case, suggesting that if the allegations are true, they could challenge the integrity of the proceedings.
“Cases are not lost because of some ‘Matlock’ moment, some moment like you see in ‘My Cousin Vinny,’ where suddenly somebody finds the evidence. Cases die by the death of 1,000 cuts. This is a cut on the case,” Moore told CNN.
Michael Roman, Trump’s co-defendant, accused Willis and Wade of having an “improper” and “clandestine” affair during the appointments for the 2020 election interference case. Roman requested the charges to be dropped last week, citing concerns about the integrity of the case.
The filing also calls for the disqualification of the entire district attorney’s office, including Willis and Wade, from prosecuting the case. Moore advised Willis to step away from the case, emphasizing the importance of the facts of the Trump case over her political career.
Trump was indicted by Willis in August and pleaded not guilty to charges related to allegedly attempting to subvert the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, including violation of Georgia’s anti-racketeering law.
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