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Georgia Senate reportedly subpoenas texts from Wade's ex-divorce attorney about Willis relationship

The relationship timeline appears critical in effort by lawyer for a Trump co-defendant, Ashley Merchant, to get Willis removed from the case for conflict of interest

Published: February 28, 2024 8:48pm

The Georgia Senate has reportedly subpoenaed text messages between the ex-divorce lawyer for Nathan Wade, the special prosecutor in the Trump election interference case, and a lawyer for a co-defendant in the case.

Text messages reportedly show the divorce lawyer knew special prosecutor Nathan Wade and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is leading the alleged election fraud case, had a romantic relationship years before they said they did.

The timeline appears critical in the effort by the lawyer for a Trump co-defendant, Ashley Merchant, to get Willis removed from the election case for conflict of interest – based on such evidence as the texts that appears to show Wade was dating Willis before she hired him as special prosecutor and that they lied about the timing.

Merchant has also argued another conflict of interest was that Wade financially benefitted from the relationship because Wade took her on lavish vacations. 

Merchant and the former Wade divorce lawyer and law partner, Terrance Bradley, reportedly exchanged hundred of texts.

But on Tuesday, when Bradley return to the witness stand in the hearing to have Willis removed, he repeatedly said he couldn’t remember certain details and that he had been speculating over text message with Merchant when he told her the relationship “absolutely” started before Wade’s appointment

Townhall columnist Phil Holloway reportedly revealed on The Megyn Kelly Show that the Georgia Senate subpoenaed the Bradley-Merchant text messages.

Willis last year indicted former President Donald Trump, now a 2024 GOP presidential candidate, and 18 co-defendants over their efforts to challenge the 2020 election results in Georgia.

The reported text messages that were posted on social media by Holloway seem to contradict the Bradley's testimony Tuesday in which the defense witness said he no recollection of when Wade began seeing Willis.

"Text used in court between Ashleigh Merchant & Terrence Bradley says #FaniWills and Nathan Wade began their affair before she took office," Holloway wrote on the social media platform, X. "Her sworn testimony was that it began in 2022."

One of the text messages from Bradley reportedly reads, "It started when she left the DAs office (as ADA) and was judge in South Fulton."

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