Commissioner Bob Ellis of the Fulton County Board is probing District Attorney Fani Willis over claims of an inappropriate relationship with a special prosecutor in the Trump election interference case.
Ellis emphasized the impropriety of elected officials contracting with romantic partners and expressed concern about accepting favors from contractors.
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The investigation centers on allegations that Willis hired special prosecutor Nathan Wade, with whom she allegedly has a romantic relationship, and benefited from the case.
Ellis, as Chair of the Fulton County Audit Committee, seeks information on County funds' use, requesting documents, including Wade's work expenses and payments.
The inquiry follows a court filing by Mike Roman's attorney, a co-defendant in the Trump case, revealing alleged gifts and travel expenses by Wade for Willis. Bank statements indicated Wade paid for airplane tickets for joint trips to Miami, San Francisco, Belize, Panama, and Australia.
Wade filed for divorce from his wife the day after Willis hired him, contributing to suspicions about the nature of their relationship.
The court filing sought dismissal of charges against Roman, alleging personal benefits to Willis from the case.
Willis, who hasn't denied the relationship, attributed allegations to racism and accused Wade's wife of obstruction when she addressed the concerns days after the initial concerns were made public.
Wade's wife's attorney clarified her intent to seek information relevant to marital assets and spousal support.
A Cobb Country judge has scheduled an emergency hearing to address Willis's efforts to block a subpoena and unseal divorce records, underscoring the escalating legal issues surrounding the case.
The investigation raises concerns about the potential misuse of county funds and favors, casting a shadow over the objectivity of the legal proceedings against Trump and his co-defendants in the high-profile case.