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Fani Willis calls out Marjorie Taylor Greene for demanding misconduct probe without reaching out

By Jake Beardslee · January 15, 2024

In brief…

  • Fani Willis defended special prosecutor Nathan Wade's qualifications amid misconduct claims, without directly addressing alleged relationship
  • Trump operative Mike Roman accused Willis and Wade of improper romantic involvement in election interference case
  • Further hearings possible in February on dismissing Trump indictment over relationship allegations
Fulton County DA Fani Willis defended special prosecutor Nathan Wade against allegations of an improper relationship that a Trump campaign operative claims should invalidate the election interference indictment.  Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America/Wikimedia

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis defended the qualifications of special prosecutor Nathan Wade on Sunday amid allegations of misconduct in the state’s case against former President Donald Trump. Speaking at a church service ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Willis refuted claims she acted improperly in hiring Wade for the election interference case without directly addressing allegations that she and Wade were romantically involved, according to The Hill.

Trump campaign operative Mike Roman, a co-defendant in the case, recently accused Willis and Wade of having an “improper” relationship and going on vacations together. Roman’s lawyer argued the alleged relationship started before the election interference investigation and makes the indictment invalid.

Without naming Wade, Willis highlighted his over 10 years as a judge, 20+ years running a private practice, experience as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, and role as a special assistant attorney general. She suggested the accusations against Wade may be racially motivated, questioning why his credentials are now in doubt when he was previously hired by Republicans and paid more.

Willis called the past week a “low point” and described the toll of the allegations, calling out Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for demanding an investigation without ever reaching out to her. Willis said she would never wish the threats and abuse she has endured on someone like Greene.

The allegations surfaced in filings related to Wade’s divorce case. A judge said further hearings on dismissing the Trump indictment over the allegations may come in February. Trump has argued the accusations make Willis’ case totally compromised.