Trump’s attorney responds to Fulton County Judge’s Fani Willis decision: ‘Prosecutorial misconduct’

The lead attorney referring to former President Donald Trump in his Georgia election meddling case says a judge’s decision that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis must step aside or fire special prosecutor Nathan Wade does not lend “appropriate significance” to their “prosecutorial misconduct.”

Judge Scott McAfee of Fulton County Superior Court announced the finding on Friday after hearing evidence given by counsel for co-defendants in the case who accused Willis of having an “improper” affection with Nathan Wade, whom she hired to assist with the prosecution.

Scott McAfee, a Fulton County superior court judge, issued his ruling on Friday. Photographer: Alyssa Pointer/Reuters/Bloomberg via Getty Images© Alyssa Pointer

According to McAfee, the accusers “failed to meet their burden of proving that the District Attorney acquired an actual conflict of interest in this case through her personal relationship and recurring travels with her lead prosecutor.”

However, the established record now highlights a significant appearance of impropriety that infects the current structure of the prosecution team — an appearance that must be removed through the State’s selection of one of two options,” he stated in the letter.

He went on to clarify that his decision is “by no means an indication that the Court condones this tremendous lapse in judgment or the unprofessional way of the District Attorney’s testimony in the evidentiary hearing.”

The co-defendants claimed that Willis gained financially from employing Wade because they were already in a relationship when he was employed in 2021 and went on vacation jointly.

Both Wade and Willis denied having a romantic relationship previous to his hiring and that the duo would split the costs of their shared journeys; Willis said she reimbursed Wade in cash for her portion of the trips.

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