office’s Conviction Integrity Unit
Attorneys representing Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis officially admitted in a legal document that she was involved in a romantic relationship with lawyer Nathan Wade, who she selected to head the Conviction Integrity Unit of her office.
Although they strongly denied any financial conflicts and the argument that she should be disqualified from the case, they were critical of Donald Trump.
According to an official statement made by Wade and obtained by CBS News, in 2022, he and District Attorney Willis formed a personal connection in addition to their professional relationship and friendship. Wade also clarified that he has no financial stake in the resolution of the 2020 election interference case or the conviction of any accused party. Furthermore, he confirmed that he has not shared or received any compensation from his role as Special Prosecutor with District Attorney Willis.
Willis’ lawyers addressed the accusations by stating, “This action does not demonstrate vigorous representation, nor is it a genuine attempt to gather evidence on a contentious legal matter—it is an invitation to chaos.” The filing also denounces the “utterly inappropriate attempts to meddle in the personal life of the opposing counsel without substantial evidence.”
Willis’ response comes after one of Trump’s co-defendants in the Georgia election conspiracy case leveled allegations against her earlier this month. Michael Roman, a former Republican National Committee staffer and Trump campaign official, alleged that Willis had anwith
The individual was compensated over $650,000 for their services, and later profited from their connection when Wade supposedly brought them on Caribbean cruises and journeys to Miami and Napa Valley, California.
She plans to summon Willis and Wade to testify during the hearing, but it is uncertain if they will resist the subpoenas or if Judge McAfee will compel them to testify.
Michael Roman, who is a co-defendant of Trump, argues that the District Attorney’s office is not being honest or open.
Roman replied to the Willis submission, arguing that the District Attorney’s office was not being honest or open.
His statement questions the reason for intentionally withholding information until being caught, if there was nothing to hide initially due to lack of wrongdoing.
According to Willis’ office, there is no need for a hearing as they believe no laws have been violated. However, Roman’s team argues that they have the right to question Wade about his statement in the affidavit regarding the timeline of his romantic relationship with Willis and his claim that they never lived together.
Willis and Wade were granted a temporary break on Tuesday as Wade and his estranged wife reached a resolution in their divorce case. This means that currently, neither the district attorney nor her assistant will have to deal with the matter.
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The progress also halts a potential legal battle that could have led to further humiliating disclosures, similar to those already made in the divorce proceedings.
Willis needed to collect all of the information before giving a response to Roman’s proposal.
Roman and his lawyer submitted a shocking motion over three weeks ago. The lack of response from Willis and her team led to intense media scrutiny and calls for further investigations and even Willis’ resignation, mostly from Republicans but also from some Democrats.
According to reports from CBS News, Willis desired to collect all the information before taking action, stating that the most detrimental outcome would be to release information that would later be disproven. A source stated that it was crucial to ensure all aspects were aligned before proceeding.
According to a source close to Willis, disagreements between lawyers and PR-minded team members contributed to the delay. The lawyers were hesitant to reveal more information than necessary to support their legal arguments. This reluctance stemmed from the potential challenge to the accuracy of the disclosed facts. Other team members acknowledged the media attention surrounding the situation, and the lack of any response to the allegations only fueled the intense coverage. Ultimately, it was Willis who insisted on including details of the relationship in the filing, as confirmed by a source close to her.
Friends and associates of Willis claim that she was deeply disturbed by the aftermath of the revelations. She was upset to have her personal life exposed and embarrassed by the criticism, especially after having achieved numerous accomplishments in her career. However, they now report that she has regained her composure and is ready to defend herself in court and potentially in the public eye. “Fani is determined to see this through,” says a source familiar with her mindset.
Jared Eggleston was a contributor to this report.