Atlanta, Georgia – Former President Donald Trump and 14 others are facing a criminal racketeering case for their attempts to overturn the election, and now the Fulton county district attorney, Fani Willis, and special prosecutor Nathan Wade are both under scrutiny in the case.
Both Willis and Wade have been subpoenaed to testify at a hearing on February 15 seeking their disqualification from the case. However, it is uncertain if either will actually testify, as both could seek to quash the subpoena.
A seasoned Republican operative and co-defendant in the case, Michael Roman, is seeking the disqualification of Willis and Wade, alleging that the two had a romantic relationship and that Wade used the money he earned from his employment in her office to pay for vacations. Trump and another defendant, Robert Cheeley, have joined the request for their disqualification.
While experts consider disqualification unlikely, Willis has not directly responded to the allegation. She has stated that she will address the issue in a court filing that is due on Friday.
In addition to the disqualification request, Roman filed a lawsuit accusing Willis’s office of failing to comply with a public records request and failing to turn over records related to the hiring of Wade and other special prosecutors. This lawsuit states that both Wade and Willis have been subpoenaed to testify at the 15 February hearing.
Willis’s office has stated that it has provided all the information that Roman and his lawyer have requested, and has refuted claims of non-compliance in a letter to Roman’s lawyer. The office has also mentioned that it had not been formally served with the lawsuit on Wednesday.
Wade had been set to testify in a divorce case, but settled it on Tuesday evening. Willis had also been subpoenaed in that case, and the developments in these cases add another layer of complexity to the ongoing legal proceedings.