Fani Willis under fire over allegations of improper relationship with special prosecutor

 January 12, 2024

Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has leveled allegations of criminal misconduct in a formal complaint filed against Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis related to claims that the latter was involved in a romantic affair with an attorney she hired to handle the election interference case against former President Donald Trump, as the New York Post reports.

Greene submitted her complaint on Wednesday seeking a probe of Willis and her relationship with Nathan Wade, the lawyer at issue.

As the congresswoman explained on X, she sent her referral to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr and has requested answers regarding claims that Willis “illegally hired her secret boyfriend” to head up an “unprecedented, complex, and partisan” investigation into the former president and others named in the case.

“Georgians are sick and tired of Fani using her office to go after Joe Biden's top political opponent rather than going after real crime in Georgia,” Greene declared.

The lawmaker also opined, “This is part of Fani Willis' unlawful partisan pattern, through her words and deeds, to illegally politicize and weaponize her public office to wage lawfare against President Trump for the purpose of interfering in the 2024 presidential race.”

Greene's actions come on the heels of a motion filed in court on Monday by Trump co-defendant and former campaign aide Michael Roman, who now seeks a dismissal of the charges against him and for Wade, Willis, and the D.A.'s office in its entirety to be disqualified from continuing the prosecution, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Referencing allegations of a personal relationship between Willis and Wade, Roman claims in his filing that Wade paid for luxury trips taken with Willis to places such as Napa Valley, Florida, and the Caribbean and did so with funds received by virtue of his paramour's decision to appoint him to the role of special prosecutor in the Trump case.

Records have revealed that Wade's law firm has garnered roughly $654,000 in legal fees since his appointment – done in the absence of required governmental approvals – by Willis, whose office approves compensation for the services he renders.

Roman's motion contends that money paid to Wade by Fulton County, which was in turn used to fund lavish travel for Willis could constitute honest services fraud under federal law.

The filing further argues that Wade and Willis “have been engaged in an improper, clandestine personal relationship during the pendency of this case, which has resulted in the special prosecutor, and, in turn, the district attorney, profiting significantly from this prosecution at the expense of taxpayers.”

Adding to the problematic nature of the situation between Willis and Wade, the filing argues, is the latter's apparent lack of qualifications for the job he received, having never previously prosecuted a felony matter, let alone one with potentially massive national implications.

Notably, Wade began work under his special prosecutor appointment just a day prior to filing for divorce from his wife, a matter in which Willis has been called to testify.

According to Roman, light must be shed on the allegations issue, given that they “strike at the heart of fairness in our justice system and, if left unaddressed and unchecked, threaten to taint the entire prosecution of this case, invite error and completely undermine public confidence in any outcome in this proceeding.”

Trump, for his part, has weighed in on the matter, saying that as a result of the latest revelations about Willis, the Georgia election interference case is “totally compromised,” and with Greene – a staunch ally of the former president – loudly calling for accountability, Roman's motion could just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the D.A.'s troubles.