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Court Unseals Divorce Records of Prosecutor Appointed in Trump Case

Records in the divorce case of Nathan Wade, the special prosecutor investigating former President Donald Trump, were unsealed on January 22. This unsealing revealed that he faces a contempt charge for failing to comply with court orders.

The Divorce Proceedings

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Nathan Wade is embroiled in divorce proceedings with Jocelyn Wade. His failure to provide crucial discovery documents led to him being held in contempt in August 2023.

Contempt and Compliance

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An order from that month stated Mr. Wade could rectify his contempt by submitting the required documents. However, he failed to comply in the ensuing months.

Financial Disclosure Issues

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According to Ms. Wade, her husband did not provide essential financial information, including personal and business financials. This included tax returns, bank accounts, and credit card statements.

Alleged Withholding of Information

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Her filings describe this as a deliberate effort to withhold relevant information. The filings point to a pattern of evasion in providing these financial details.

Support and Survival

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Filings allege that Mr. Wade provided minimal support to Ms. Wade, despite earning nearly $700,000 since May 2022. Ms. Wade, a stay-at-home mom for 26 years, has faced financial challenges due to this.

Inadequate Financial Support

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The only support mentioned is biweekly payments of $700 from Mr. Wade. Yet, these payments are undercut by his use of shared accounts for personal expenses.

Media’s Role in Unsealing

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The unsealing of these records occurred after a judge ruled in favor of media outlets. These outlets had requested transparency in the high-profile legal battle.

Special Prosecutor’s Appointment

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis appointed Mr. Wade as a special prosecutor. Controversially, court documents show Mr. Wade paid for Ms. Willis’s travel on multiple occasions.

The Marriage History

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Mr. and Ms. Wade married in 1997 and separated in 2021. Nathan Wade filed for divorce, citing an irretrievably broken marriage.

Transparency in Divorce

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Andrea Hastings, representing Ms. Wade, emphasized the need for transparency for a fair settlement. She stated that Ms. Wade has nothing to hide in these proceedings.

Sealing and Legal Questions

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The original sealing of these documents in 2022 raised procedural questions. Lawyer Ashleigh Merchant pointed out that the sealing might have violated state rules.

Judicial Decisions

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Cobb County Superior Court Judge Henry Thomas vacated the order sealing the records. He noted procedural lapses, including the lack of a required hearing.

Relationship Allegations

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Allegations suggest a personal relationship between Ms. Willis and Mr. Wade. Ms. Willis, facing these claims, has not outright denied them,  but believes she was targeted because of her race.

Upcoming Legal Challenges

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A hearing on February 15 will address a motion for the disqualification of Ms. Willis and Mr. Wade. This hearing will further delve into the intricate details of this complex legal situation.

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