Headline RoundupJanuary 9th, 2024

Fulton County DA Accused of Improper Relationship with Special Prosecutor

Summary from the AllSides News Team

One of Donald Trump’s co-defendants in his Georgia election interference case alleged in a court filing Monday that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis engaged in a romantic relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade prior to him being hired for the case.

For Context: In August 2023, The Fulton County District Attorney charged Trump and 18 other individuals under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, accusing them of engaging in a “criminal racketeering enterprise to overturn Georgia’s presidential election result.”

Details: The motion, filed by the attorney of Michael Roman, a former Trump campaign official, alleged, “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.” Additionally, the filing alleges that Wade used money his law firm received from Fulton County to go on vacations with Willis. On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal (Center bias) reported that Willis has been subpoenaed to testify in the divorce proceedings of Wade and his wife.

Key Quotes: Speaking to reporters following his hearing before an appeals court about a separate case, Trump said, “You had a very big event yesterday as you saw in Georgia where the district attorney is totally compromised. The case has to be dropped.” The Fulton County DA office is declining to comment to outlets, stating it will “respond through appropriate court filings.”

How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum are covering the story moderately.

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