On Saturday, March 16, 2024, The Dallas Express reported that Nathan Wade had resigned from his position as special prosecutor in the election interference trial of former President Donald Trump.

According to the article, Wade submitted his resignation letter to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in response to a ruling the previous day by Judge Scott McAfee, who is overseeing the Trump trial.

McAfee had determined that either Wade or Willis must step down due to questions raised about their previously undisclosed personal relationship. This issue first came to light more than two months ago when co-defendant Mike Roman presented concerns to the court. Roman alleged that Willis and Wade had engaged in an “improper, clandestine personal relationship” and that Willis financially benefited from Wade’s appointment as special prosecutor.

Roman claimed Wade and Willis were already in a relationship before Wade took on his prosecutorial role in November 2021, according to NBC News. In response, McAfee held a two-day evidentiary hearing in February where lawyers for the defense sought to establish a timeline of Willis and Wade’s relationship through documentation. A key witness was Robin Yeartie, a former employee in Willis’ office, who testified under oath that she was certain Willis and Wade’s relationship began as early as 2019.

Yeartie’s statement directly contradicted sworn testimonies from Willis and Wade, placing the start of their relationship in 2022. While McAfee agreed there was likely an appearance of impropriety, he determined Roman’s team did not conclusively prove a conflict of interest warranted dismissing the entire case. However, the judge insisted the situation within the prosecutorial team be addressed, prompting Wade to resign and leave Willis remaining as lead prosecutor.

Beyond reporting on Wade’s exit, the article also noted ongoing criticism of Willis related to accusations she misallocated a federal youth grant and could face contempt charges if she does not fully comply with outstanding subpoenas by late March. Her handling of the high-profile Trump case has drawn consistent controversy since revelations of her prior relationship with the now-former special prosecutor.

 

 

Source: The Dallas Express