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Georgia prosecutor Fani Willis, who is in charge of the election interference case against former President Donald Trump, has requested a judge to dismiss the requests for her testimony regarding an alleged improper relationship with a lead prosecutor involved in the case.
In a court filing, District Attorney of Fulton County, Fani Willis, revealed that one of Donald Trump’s co-defendants, Michael Roman, has issued a subpoena for her, as well as special prosecutor Nathan Wade and other members of her office. The subpoena is for their testimony at a hearing on February 15, which centers around Willis’ personal relationship with Wade.
Roman and other defendants are filing a motion to disqualify Willis’ office and have the charges dropped. They claim that Willis received financial benefits from her relationship with Wade, whom she hired to assist with the investigation and prosecution of Trump and his co-defendants.
In the court filing, Willis argued that there is no valid reason to compel opposing counsel and other employees to act as witnesses in the case. The filing denounced the subpoenas as an effort to gather evidence in support of unfounded accusations.
The lawyer representing Roman did not respond to a comment request right away.
In a separate court filing on Friday, Willis acknowledged having a “personal relationship” with Wade. However, she emphasized that their relationship started after he was appointed as a special prosecutor. Both Willis and Wade firmly denied any wrongdoing and dismissed allegations that their relationship presented a conflict of interest.
The requests to disqualify Willis will be considered by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee during the hearing on February 15th.
Trump, along with 14 of his allies, have all entered pleas of not guilty to charges of racketeering and other offenses. These charges are part of an alleged conspiracy to overturn Trump’s narrow loss in the 2020 election in Georgia. Prosecutors claim that this group worked together to achieve this outcome. As of now, four other defendants who were initially charged in the case have already pleaded guilty after reaching agreements with prosecutors.
Andrew Goudsward reported on the matter, while Tom Hals and Bill Berkrot were responsible for the editing.
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