The legal team representing a co-defendant in the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald Trump has alleged in a recent filing that the personal relationship between Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade began earlier than previously acknowledged.
In their filing submitted on Friday to Judge Scott McAfee, the lawyers for Trump’s co-defendant, Michael Roman, disputed the timeline of events presented by Wade. They stated that Wade’s assertion in his affidavit that the relationship started in 2022 is untrue.
Roman’s lawyers hinted at evidence from Wade’s former divorce attorney, Terrence Bradley, which they claim will contradict Wade’s statements.
According to the filing, Bradley possesses firsthand knowledge that the romantic involvement between Wade and Willis commenced before Willis assumed office as district attorney in January 2021.
Roman’s legal team alleged that Bradley could provide information regarding Willis and Wade frequently staying together at different locations.
They emphasized the significance of an upcoming evidentiary hearing, urging McAfee to uphold its scheduling to allow Roman the opportunity to interrogate witnesses and present evidence.
Roman had previously issued subpoenas to Willis and Wade, which were contested by the district attorney’s team through motions to quash. Roman and Trump seek to dismiss the indictment and disqualify Willis from the case.
Furthermore, Roman’s lawyers accused Willis and Wade of benefiting financially from the case, pointing to payments made by Willis to Wade and records indicating joint trips taken by the two.
They argued that these benefits contradict the ethical obligation of a prosecutor to pursue justice impartially. Wade, however, has stated previously that travel expenses were typically shared between him and Willis.
In response to Roman’s claims, Willis and her office have maintained that their personal relationship did not involve any financial gain for the district attorney.
They asserted that there is no legal or personal conflict of interest justifying Willis’s disqualification from the case or that of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.
Both Roman and Trump have pleaded not guilty to the charges in the Georgia election interference case, with four co-defendants having already pleaded guilty.