Fani Willis can stay on Trump Georgia case with conditions, judge rules

by Summer Lane

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Judge Scott McAfee issued a decision on Friday regarding whether Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis should be disqualified from spearheading an election-related case against President Donald Trump.

According to the Washington Post, the judge ruled that Willis could stay on the case only if the prosecutor whom she had a romantic relationship with, Nathan Wade, stepped aside.

His ruling found that there was “impropriety” in the case, but not enough to “meet their burden” [on the part of the defendants] to prove that she should be removed from heading up the case.

In other words, either Willis or Wade must exit the case before it can proceed.

In a clip posted to social media, McAfee was seen saying on Thursday that he “made a promise to everybody” and noted that “these kind of orders take time to write.” He continued, “I plan to stick to the timeline I gave everyone…should be out tomorrow.”

Prior to the anticipated ruling, Judge McAfee dismissed six counts from the case against Trump and his co-defendants in Fulton County, including two charges related to the 45th president’s phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Via RSBN, the judge wrote, “these six counts contain all the essential elements of the crimes but fail to allege sufficient detail regarding the nature of their commission.”  

Fulton County DA Fani Willis has garnered national attention for allegations that she financially benefitted from having a relationship with an attorney she hired to prosecute Trump in the Georgia election case.

The allegations resulted in a hearing centered on whether she should be disqualified from the case. Judge McAfee is overseeing the proceedings.

Willis demanded to take the witness stand herself in mid-February, proceeding to spar with Trump co-defendant Michael Roman’s lawyer, Ashleigh Merchant.

She called the attorney “dishonest,” and claimed multiple times that she reimbursed her lover, prosecutor Nathan Wade, with cash for trips that they took together.

Judge McAfee’s ruling represents a win for the Fulton County DA, who has relentlessly pursued prosecution against Donald Trump in Georgia. She will now have the opportunity to continue overseeing the case against the president.

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