On Friday, January 19, 2024, CBN reported that Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee has ordered a hearing to examine accusations of misconduct facing District Attorney Fani Willis, who is leading the prosecution against former president Donald Trump and others related to the election interference case. The hearing is scheduled for February 15, 2024.
The allegations center around claims that DA Willis had an improper romantic relationship with attorney Nathan Wade, whom she hired as a special prosecutor on the case against Trump. Wade’s qualifications for the role have also been called into question. Defense attorney Ashleigh Merchant, representing defendant Michael Roman, filed a motion last month bringing up the allegations.
Merchant asserts that Wade was paid over half a million dollars more than the two other special prosecutors working on the case between 2022 and 2023. She also says Wade has used his earnings to take Willis on expensive vacations. Both Willis and Wade have yet to directly deny the relationship allegations.
Additionally, Merchant questions whether Wade has the necessary experience for such a high-profile prosecution, as his legal background appears focused on civil cases like family law and accidents. She is seeking dismissal of the indictment and for Willis and Wade to be disqualified from the case.
Willis’ office plans to file a response to these claims ahead of the February hearing. The allegations first surfaced last month in a motion that accused Willis of potential professional misconduct related to the hiring and payment of Wade as a special prosecutor in the ongoing probe and prosecution of Trump. Judge McAfee has now granted a hearing to examine the evidence surrounding these serious accusations.