January 22, 2024

Trump Lawyer Calls on Prosecutor for Recusal After Fani Willis Allegations

A lawyer who previously served as special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during former President Donald Trump's first impeachment trial is urging the lead prosecutor in the Georgia election fraud case against Trump to step down.

Norm Eisen raised concerns over explosive allegations suggesting that the prosecutor, Nathan Wade, was hired while in a relationship with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

Eisen, a Trump impeachment lawyer, expressed his belief that the controversy surrounding Wade's hiring could escalate, potentially causing delays in the verdict for Trump and his 14 co-defendants.

While acknowledging that there may not be a legal basis to disqualify Wade under Georgia law, Eisen emphasized the importance of discretion.

He characterized the personal relationship between Willis and Wade as "unwise" and suggested that their alleged behavior, including claims that Wade provided Willis with airline tickets and gifts, could potentially violate Fulton County's ethics policies.

Although Georgia law may not mandate disqualification, ethical considerations and public perception are critical factors.

County Commissioner Bob Ellis has called on Willis to provide information related to Wade's appointment as a special prosecutor in the Trump case.

This request comes in the midst of an ongoing investigation into potential "misuse" of taxpayer funds linked to Wade's hiring for the Trump case, which has resulted in payments exceeding $650,000.

The allegations of a romantic relationship between Willis and Wade surfaced after Trump co-defendant Mike Roman filed court papers seeking the dismissal of criminal charges against him.

Roman's filing asserted that the relationship between the prosecutor and district attorney was "improper" and "clandestine," with claims that Wade used funds from Fulton County to lavish gifts upon Willis.

As the legal drama unfolds, the calls for recusal and investigations into potential improprieties highlight the complexities and controversies surrounding the case, adding an additional layer of scrutiny to the ongoing proceedings.

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