A Trump impeachment lawyer called on the lead prosecutor in the Georgia election fraud case against the former president to step down amid explosive allegations he was hired while in a relationship with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
Norm Eisen, who served as special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial, told The Washington Post that controversy surrounding Nathan Wade’s hiring as special prosecutor will only continue to snowball — and the allegations of impropriety risk delaying a verdict for the former president and his 14 co-defendants.
“If he were to come to me as ethics czar … I would tell him that no matter the law discretion is the better course of valor,” Eisen told the outlet.
He went on though to call the the pair’s personal relationship “unwise,” and added that while there’s no legal basis to disqualify Wade from his role as special prosecutor under Georgia law, the pair’s alleged behavior — such as claims that Wade showered Willis with airline tickets and others gifts — could violate Fulton County’s ethics policies.
On Friday, county Commissioner Bob Ellis demanded Willis provide any information related to Wade’s appointment as special prosecutor in the Trump case.
The request came amid a probe into whether there was any “misuse” of taxpayer funds stemming from Wade’s hiring to work on the Trump case, which has earned the Atlanta-area lawyer over $650,000.
Allegations of romance between Willis and Wade first surfaced last week after Trump co-defendant Mike Roman filed bombshell court papers seeking to have criminal charges against him dismissed over the pair’s “improper” and “clandestine” affair.
He alleged Wade used some of the pay from Fulton County for his work on election interference case to shower Willis with gifts.
According to the Washington Post:
A state judge overseeing the election interference case against former president Donald Trump in Georgia has scheduled a hearing for Feb. 15 to hear evidence regarding accusations that Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis (D) and her lead prosecutor engaged in an improper relationship and mishandled public money.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee also wrote in his order that Willis must respond to the accusations in writing by Feb. 2. Willis has declined to directly address the explosive accusations that first came to light last week in a filing from one of Trump’s co-defendants, former campaign aide Mike Roman. The filing did not include evidence to substantiate the claims.
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My message to Fani Willis is this:
The Lord did not cause you to stumble into $600K in taxpayer money because you're sleeping with the lead prosecutor.
The case should be thrown out.
There's prosecutorial misconduct.
Fani knows she's wrong.
Fani should be REMOVED & DISBARRED. pic.twitter.com/aZ4QSWZXQp
— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) January 20, 2024