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Fani willis vows Trump case will go on despite admitting to ‘personal relationship’ with prosecutor

By Jake Beardslee · February 2, 2024

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis initially declined to voluntarily share records about her alleged relationship with prosecutor Nathan Wade, citing “well-recognized confidentiality interests,” according to The New York Post. Despite acknowledging her personal ties to Wade on Friday, Willis argued that this revelation should not lead to the dismissal of the charges against Donald Trump and others involved in the case.  Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America/Wikimedia

On January 8th, Trump's lawyer Michael Roman alleged in court papers that Willis and Wade were having an affair.  Sora Shimazaki/Pexels

According to reporting by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Willis' office has paid Wade over $650,000 in legal fees since January 2022.   Andrea Piacquadio/Pexels

House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan subpoenaed Willis, seeking documents about her office's use of federal funds.  Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America/Wikimedia

The subpoena does not specifically mention Wade, but is written broadly enough to possibly include records about the alleged affair.  Pixabay/Pexels

Jordan demanded records related to "any allegations of the misuse of federal funds" by Willis' office.  Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America/Wikimedia

She hired Wade, her alleged lover, to prosecute former President Donald Trump.  Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America/Wikimedia

Fani Willis acknowledged having a "personal relationship" with lead prosecutor Nathan Wade but argues this should not invalidate the charges against former President Donald Trump and others. "In 2022, District Attorney Willis and I developed a personal relationship in addition to our professional association and friendship," Wade wrote in an affidavit released by Willis' office, according to The Post.  Warren LeMay/Wikimedia

However, the filing said there was no "personal relationship" when Wade was originally appointed in November 2021. "Although District Attorney Willis and Special Prosecutor Wade have been professional associates and friends since 2019, there was no personal relationship between them in November 2021 at the time of Special Prosecutor Wade’s appointment," the court papers said.  Sora Shimazaki/Wikimedia