Fani Willis Issues a Warning To Trump

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, described in some reporting as “embattled,” said “her election interference case against former President Donald Trump will continue and that her office hasn’t been delayed by proceedings regarding her relationship with her former top prosecutor.”

Willis elaborated during a CNN interview on March 23: “I don’t feel like we have been slowed down at all. I think there are efforts to slow down the train, but the train is coming.”

Ms. Willis spoke just days after Judge Scott McAfee allowed attorneys for the former president and other co-defendants to appeal his ruling for a review. McAfee allowed Willis to stay on the case and did not find that she committed perjury, financially benefitted from her relationship with Nathan Wade or that she violated any ethical rules or standards.

With strident confidence that illuminates her character, in the CNN interview, Ms. Willis said that she is “not embarrassed by anything” she’s done. Willis added: “I guess my greatest crime is that I had a relationship with a man, but that’s not something I find embarrassing in any way.” As reported, Willis then “stressed” that she did not do “anything that’s illegal.” Illegal actions would include perjury, taking campaign funds for personal use, taking state and federal funds for personal use and making false statements on government disclosure forms.

Background information discloses that “Judge McAfee ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to back claims that Ms. Willis financially benefitted in the case but described her relationship as a “tremendous lapse in judgment.”” Judge McAfee did not “respond to claims by some analysts have said that Ms. Willis and Mr. Wade perjured themselves during statements they made in court last month.” Judge McAfee did write in his ruling that, regarding the behavior of Wade and Willis, “However, an odor of mendacity remains.”

As reported, “Attorneys for President Trump and the other defendants said in court that Mr. Wade’s resignation was not enough to correct the appearance of impropriety the judge found.” Defense lawyers advanced the argument that “a failure to remove the district attorney could imperil any convictions and force a retrial if an appeals court later finds it was warranted.”

D & B Staff

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