February 20, 2024

Fani Willis Faces New Allegation She Lied About Relationship With Prosecutor

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The information for Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis has gone from unhealthy to worse this previous week after a co-defendant in her case towards former President Donald Trump leveled a brand new allegation.

In the 122-page filing submitted by Michael Roman’s attorneys, they claimed that they’ve a witness whose testimony challenges the denials made by Willis concerning the timeline of her relationship with prosecutor Nathan Wade after their relationship allegedly started following her appointment of him as a particular prosecutor within the investigation regarding Trump’s efforts to problem the 2020 election leads to Georgia.

Willis acknowledged her relationship with Wade in a 176-page court docket submitting on February 2 in response to a movement filed on January 8 by Roman’s attorneys, in search of her disqualification from the case.

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In their submitting, Roman’s attorneys named a pal of Wade who might corroborate that the connection started earlier than Willis assumed the function of district lawyer, contradicting claims made by Wade in an affidavit hooked up to Willis’s submitting on February 2, whereby he asserted that the connection didn’t start previous to 2022.

“Willis and Wade claim they did not have a personal, romantic relationship before Willis appointed Wade as a special prosecutor, but Terrence Bradley (‘Bradley’) will refute that claim,” Roman’s lawyer, Ashleigh Merchant, mentioned within the submitting, in response to the Daily Caller.

“Bradley is an attorney and a member of the Georgia Bar.  Bradley and Wade were friends and business associates. Bradley has non-privileged, personal knowledge that the romantic relationship between Wade and Willis began prior to Willis being sworn as the district attorney for Fulton County, Georgia, in January 2021,” the submitting continued, per the outlet.

In Friday’s submitting, Merchant additionally revealed two beforehand undisclosed journeys that Wade and Willis took collectively: a Bahamas cruise in December 2022 and a visit to Belize in March 2023.

Last month, the decide presiding over the case she introduced towards Trump on election fraud costs, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee, ordered an investigation into her alleged misconduct, that she and her lead prosecutor engaged in an improper relationship and mishandled taxpayer {dollars}, The Washington Post reported.

The Daily Caller beforehand reported that Willis didn’t disclose an airline ticket that was bought for her by her Wade in 2022.

“Willis did not disclose any gifts from Wade on her annual Income and Financial Disclosure Report for 2022, which requires the disclosure of any gift or favor above $100 from a ‘prohibited source’ — such as anyone ‘doing business with the county.’ Willis hired Wade as a special prosecutor in the election interference case against former President Donald Trump. Willis was recently accused of being Wade’s lover and inappropriately benefiting from lucrative contracts her office had given him,” The Daily Caller reported.

Bank statements obtained in a court docket submitting present that Wade bought a ticket to Miami for Willis for $477 in October 2022. On the identical day as he bought the airline ticket, he additionally made funds to Royal Caribbean Cruise Line within the quantities of $1,387 and $1,284.

“The bottom line is, that’s why we have these forms,” Richard Painter, former chief White House ethics lawyer through the George W. Bush administration, mentioned to The Daily Caller News Foundation. He mentioned that they’re meant to reveal “exactly these kinds of conflicts of interest.”

“She needs to give an explanation as to why it wasn’t on the form,” he mentioned.

“Wade’s contract with the district attorney’s office started on Nov. 1, 2021, and he filed to divorce his wife the next day. He has earned nearly $654,000 from the district attorney’s office since 2022, according to county data,” the report mentioned.

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Willis might be in a jam due to her failure to reveal these items, former White House Counsel Courtney Kramer mentioned to The Daily Caller.

“If she’s found to have intentionally lied on those forms, that’s not just an ethics violation,” she mentioned.

She mentioned that along with potential financial funds, there may be “potential for criminal liability.”



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