Atlanta Trump Prosecutor Accused Of Secret, Disqualifying Romance With DA Fani Willis

Fani Willis hired Nathan Wade at a steep premium to what she was paying other prosecutors in her office , the filing alledges. (Atlanta News First)
Published January 9, 2024

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis hired her secret lover to serve as special prosecutor in the Georgia racketeering case against Donald Trump and 18 other defendants, according to a Monday filing on behalf of Mike Roman, a defendant who led election day operations for the 2020 Trump campaign:

“[T]he district attorney and the special prosecutor have been engaged in an improper, clandestine personal relationship during the pendency of this case, which has resulted in the special prosecutor, and, in turn, the district attorney, profiting significantly from this prosecution at the expense of the taxpayers.”

The prosecutor is Nathan Wade, a private attorney in the midst of a divorce who “has little to no experience trying felony cases, much less complex RICO actions,” according to the 127-page filing which seeks to have the charges against Roman dropped and both Willis and Wade disqualified from further participation in the case.

According to the complaint, Wade has raked in at least $653,000 and upwards of $1 million for handling the high-profile case. By virtue of their relationship, that pile of taxpayer money benefits Willis, as they’ve traveled together to Florida, the Caribbean and Napa Valley, California, adding that Wade has also bought tickets for the pair to travel on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruise ships.

In addition to his $250 hourly rate, Wade has also billed Fulton County for thousands of dollars in air travel and hotel stays, according to invoices attached to the filing. He categorized them as interview and research trips.

The filing also alleges that Willis contracted with Wade contract without proper approval, as such a move requires a vote by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Roman’s lawyer, Ashleigh Merchant tells the Wall Street Journal her search of board meeting minutes found no indication his appointment was ever discussed, much less voted upon.



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Published January 8, 2024

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has been accused of hiring a lover to oversee the prosecution of former President Donald Trump and financially benefitting from the arrangement.

The accusations were put forward in a court filing, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Special prosecutor Nathan Wade, a private attorney, has been paid roughly $654,000 in legal fees by Fulton County since January 2022, some of which he used to pay for extravagant vacations with Willis, the filing claims.

The filing was on behalf of former Trump campaign official Michael Roman, who is seeking the disqualification of Willis, Wade, and all of the DA’s office from the current and further prosecution of the case.

Willis and Wade “have been engaged in an improper, clandestine personal relationship during the pendency of this case, which has resulted in the special prosecutor, and, in turn, the district attorney, profiting significantly from this prosecution at the expense of the taxpayers,” the filing reads.

Citing “information obtained outside of court filings,” the document holds that the funds given by Fulton County were used on tickets to vacation destinations in Florida, California, the Caribbean, and two cruise lines.

As for the romantic part of the relationship between Wade and Willis, the filing alleged they have “been seen in private together in and about the Atlanta area and believed to have co-habited in some form or fashion at a location owned by neither of them.”

“Sources close to both the special prosecutor and the district attorney have confirmed they had an ongoing, personal relationship during the pendency of the special prosecutor’s divorce proceedings,” it added.



RELATED: A Trump co-defendant accused Fulton County DA Fani Willis of dating the prosecutor she hired and asked that she be disqualified from the case

District Attorney of Fulton County, Georgia, Fani Willis poses for photos in the Fulton County Court House in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, August 8, 2023.Megan Varner for The Washington Post/Getty Images
Published January 8, 2024
  • A Trump co-defendant asked that Fulton County DA Fani Willis be disqualified and his indictment thrown out.
  • A filing on behalf of Michael Roman alleged Willis was dating a special prosecutor she appointed.
  • One criminal defense attorney said the accusations could be “catastrophic” for Fulton County’s case.

A co-defendant in the Fulton County, Georgia, racketeering case against former President Donald Trump and allies has requested District Attorney Fani Willis be disqualified from the case and his indictment thrown out, alleging in a court filing she engaged in an “improper” romantic relationship with a special prosecutor, according to court records viewed by Business Insider.

The motion was filed Tuesday on behalf of former Trump campaign staffer Michael Roman, who was charged with a RICO violation and other felonies in the case, which alleges the defendants plotted to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The filing argues the prosecution was “invalid and unconstitutional” because the district attorney improperly appointed the special prosecutor.

The filing did not cite any specific evidence for the claims made. It relies on “sources close to both the special prosecutor and the district attorney.”

The filing alleges Willis was secretly dating attorney Nathan Wade before and after she hired him as a special prosecutor in the election interference case. The filing alleges Willis and Wade have traveled together to places like Napa Valley and Florida and that Wade paid for them to take cruises.

It also claims the pair profited “significantly” from the case “at the expense of the taxpayers,” noting Fulton County has paid Wade nearly $654,000 since 2022, an amount The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, citing county records.

The filing says Wade’s appointment as a special prosecutor “created an impermissible and irreparable conflict of interest under Georgia’s Rules of Professional Conduct, which requires the disqualification of both lawyers and their respective offices and firms.”





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