Anti-Trump prosecutor Fani Willis has come under fire — first for her unusual move to prosecute the former president, his friends and associates under the RICO statute, and recently for charges of ethics violations.
Willis has been accused of having an affair with a married man, Nathan Wade, whom she appointed as special prosecutor in a case against Trump.
The Fulton County, Georgia, district attorney reportedly paid Wade more than $600,000 to prosecute Trump and used some of those funds to take extravagant vacations with her paramour.
Recently released bank statements confirmed that Wade purchased tickets to San Francisco and Miami in Willis’ name, reportedly for clandestine romantic trips. He also made two payments, $1,387 and $1,284, for the Royal Caribbean cruise on the same day he bought the plane tickets to Miami.
On Monday, Cobb County Superior Court Judge Henry Thompson unsealed records from his in-process divorce case, which provided ammunition to those who oppose Willis.
Thompson ruled that the records be unsealed but deferred deciding whether Willis will be required to testify in a hearing previously scheduled for Tuesday.
“Only after I hear what Mr. Wade has to say do I think I can make a determination,” Thompson said, noting there is a hearing set in nine days where testimony can be presented.
Willis has attempted to block legal proceedings initiated by Nathan Wade’s wife, Joycelyn Wade.
Joycelyn’s attorney, Andrea Hastings said of Willis: “She’s not seeking protection, she’s seeking prohibition of our ability to access facts.”
Hastings added: “She’s trying to hide under the shield of her position. Whatever her job is has nothing to do with whether or not she should have to sit for this deposition.”
Notably, on Jan 14, Willis attempted to defend herself during a 30-minute statement during a church service in which she claimed it was racist to question her personal and professional behavior.
Professional ethics charges were initiated by Trump associate and co-defendant Michael Roman. Bank records and other evidence is lending weight to charges that were initially denied by Willis and minimized by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who rejected the call to push for an investigation into the matter.
Roman contends the investigation will reveal more instances of abuse of power and ethics violations.
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