Judge Sets March 1 Final Arguments Hearing on Willis Disqualification

Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee set a March 1 hearing for final arguments on “whether Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis should be disqualified from the election interference case against former President Donald Trump.”

The hearing, set for 1 p.m., and is expected to be live-streamed, may result in Ms. Willis being replaced by another prosecutor. As described in reporting, “Ms. Willis testified before Judge McAfee on Feb. 15–16, where she faced heated questioning over her relationship with top prosecutor Nathan Wade, amid allegations that Ms. Willis benefited financially from the relationship.”

As has been covered extensively, “Defense attorneys have alleged that Ms. Willis began her romantic relationship with Mr. Wade in 2019, before she hired him for the high-profile Trump prosecution so they could both benefit financially from taxpayer funds.” Defense attorney claim this relationship “amounted to a conflict of interest” that required Willis’ removal from the case.

Notable is that both Ms. Willis and Mr. Wade “have denied any financial benefit from their relationship, while insisting their relationship started in 2022, after Ms. Willis had already hired Mr. Wade for the job.”

The history of the prosecution of Trump has been continuously reported. “Ms. Willis brought the case against President Trump and more than a dozen co-defendants under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, a law drafted to fight organized crime.”

The indictment accuses President Trump, and 18 others, of being part of a “criminal organization” that sought to overturn the Georgia results of the 2020 presidential election by unlawful means.

“President Trump and his co-defendants have denied any wrongdoing, with the former president previously calling the case a “witch hunt” and accusing Ms. Willis of corruption.”

D & B Staff

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