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Fani Willis Faces Scrutiny Over Response to Subpoena in Divorce Case

Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis is facing criticism from legal analyst Elie Honig, who called her response to a divorce subpoena “very improper.”

The Alleged Affair

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The controversy centers around allegations of an affair between Willis and Nathan Wade, a special prosecutor in her office.

Ongoing Investigation

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This comes amidst her ongoing investigation into former President Donald Trump and 14 co-defendants, who were indicted by a Georgia grand jury for alleged criminal racketeering related to their attempts to overturn Georgia’s electoral results in the 2020 election.

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Legal Battle

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The allegations of an affair between Fani Willis and Nathan Wade were raised when former Trump staffer Michael Roman filed a lawsuit, alleging that Willis engaged in a “personal, romantic relationship” with Wade and personally benefited from it.

Defrauding Public of Honest Services

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The lawsuit alleges that Fani potentially defrauded the public of honest services.

Roman is seeking to disqualify Willis and Wade from the trial, while Trump has not joined the motion.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has confirmed that it is not investigating the district attorney for alleged impropriety.

Bank Statements Raise Questions

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In addition to the allegations, bank statements presented in Nathan Wade’s divorce case indicate that he paid for Willis to travel on two occasions: one trip to Miami in October 2022 and another to San Francisco in April 2023.

Willis has not commented on these developments since the release of the divorce documents.

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Response and Criticism

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Elie Honig, a senior legal analyst and former federal prosecutor, criticized Willis’ response to a recent subpoena that called her to testify in the Wade divorce case.

Should Not Be Seen As Accusation

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He asserted that a subpoena indicates a witness with relevant information, and it should not be seen as an accusation.

Honig described Willis’ response as “very improper” and expressed the view that a district attorney should not use a criminal case as a shield.

Motion to Prevent Testimony

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Willis’ attorney, Cinque Axam, filed a motion to prevent her from testifying by subpoena in the divorce case, arguing that it was an attempt to use the civil discovery process to harass the district attorney.

The motion aims to protect Fani Willis from being compelled to testify on January 23.

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Impact on Trump’s Case

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Honig emphasized that he does not believe these allegations will be sufficient to dismiss the charges against Donald Trump and other defendants in the election interference case.

Might Lead to Willis’ Disqualification

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However, if a confirmed conflict of interest arises, it could lead to Willis’ disqualification from the case, and possibly her entire office.

Upcoming Legal Proceedings

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The relationship between Fani Willis and Nathan Wade is under scrutiny, and Georgia Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee has called for Willis to submit a written response to the allegations by February 2.

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Evidentiary Hearing on 15th Feb

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An evidentiary hearing on the matter is scheduled for February 15, which will further address these allegations and their potential implications for the ongoing legal proceedings.

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