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Judge to rule within 2 weeks on Fani Willis disqualification

Willis indicted former President Donald Trump and 18 co-defendants last year over their efforts to challenge the 2020 election results in Georgia.

Published: March 1, 2024 7:07pm

Judge Scott McAfee on Friday indicated that he would issue a decision within two weeks on disqualifying Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from her Trump election case amid scrutiny of her relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade.

McAfee asserted that he "will be taking the time to make sure that I give this case the full consideration it’s due" and that there are "several legal issues to sort through, several factual determinations that I have to make," the Associated Press reported.

Willis indicted former President Donald Trump and 18 co-defendants last year over their efforts to challenge the 2020 election results in Georgia. The past week has seen McAfee preside over a hearing into the matter that followed Trump co-defendant Mike Roman's allegations that she financially benefited from a romantic relationship with Wade, whom she hired to pursue the case.

Wade and Willis have acknowledged the relationship, but insisted it began after she hired Wade. Defense witness Robin Yeartie asserted in February that it began much earlier. Wade abruptly settled his divorce from estranged wife Jocelyn Mayfield Wade in January. That case included documents showing that Wade had purchased tickets for at least two out-of-state trips with Willis.

Friday's hearing saw defense attorney Craig Gillen urge the judge to remove the pair from the case.

"Prosecutors don't act like this. Lawyers don't act like this... And they need to go," he said.

Prosecutor Adam Abbate, meanwhile, called the effort a "desperate attempt to remove a prosecutor from a case for absolutely no reason, your honor, other than harassment and embarrassment."

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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