In the ongoing Georgia case involving former President Donald Trump, a fourth co-defendant has filed a motion urging the court to disqualify District Attorney Fani Willis, citing alleged prosecutorial and forensic misconduct.
The co-defendant, David Shafer, who served as the Georgia GOP Chairman and a GOP presidential elector in 2020, lodged the motion on Monday.
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Shafer's motion follows similar claims by co-defendant Michael Roman, who asserted that Willis had an "improper" relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade, prompting him to seek her disqualification from the case.
Willis responded to the allegations in a court filing, acknowledging a "personal" relationship with Wade but denying any conflict of interest.
She argued that under Georgia law, a district attorney can only be removed from a case if the conflict of interest harms the defendant's case.
Shafer's motion alleges that Willis has made prejudicial public statements about the case through media interviews and speeches, aiming to influence the jury pool. He contends that such actions warrant her removal from the case.
"The obvious intent of her remarks was to inject and infect the jury pool in Fulton County with unfounded allegations that anyone who dares question her or Mr. Wade’s conduct must have done so for racist purposes," Schafer noted.
The court filing references Willis' remarks in January addressing the affair allegations, suggesting that they were intended to prejudice the jury pool in Fulton County.
Shafer further argues that Willis' employment of Wade, coupled with his allegedly excessive billing and their shared expenses, constitutes a conflict of interest and ethical violation.
The motion also criticizes Willis' characterization of Shafer and other 2020 Republican Presidential Electors as "Fake Electors," claiming it has been prejudicial to Shafer.
Shafer has requested that the court uphold an evidentiary hearing scheduled for February 15, during which parties will present evidence to support their arguments for Willis and her office's removal from the case.