Fani Willis insists case against Trump is moving forward despite scandal

 March 25, 2024

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis insisted that the racketeering case against former President Donald Trump and 18 co-defendants is moving forward despite the controversy over her relationship with lead prosecutor Nathan Wade, which was revealed in January.

"My team’s been continuing to work it … We were still doing the case in the way that it needed to be done," she said. "I don’t feel like we’ve been slowed down at all. I do think there are efforts to slow down this train, but the train is coming."

The comments come after the case was delayed two months by the allegations by some co-defendants that she had a romantic relationship with Wade before she hired him as her top prosecutor and paid him close to $600,000 in billable hours and fees.

No reason to be embarrassed

When a reporter asked Willis if she thought her reputation needed to be reclaimed after the scandal involving Wade, she denied any wrongdoing and said she had no reason to be ashamed.

"I don’t feel like my reputation needs to be reclaimed," Willis answered. "I guess my greatest crime is I had a relationship with a man, that’s not something I find embarrassing in any way. And I know that I have not done anything that’s illegal."

But both Wade and Willis claimed that the relationship began after Wade was hired in 2021 despite witness testimony and cell phone records that say Wade visited Willis late at night on many occasions in 2019 and the two exchanged thousands of phone calls and text messages, mostly during off-work hours.

Wouldn't lying about the relationship under oath be a worse crime than having a "relationship with a man?"

Participating in adultery seems pretty bad, too.

"Odor of mendacity"

Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee decided to ignore the probable lies and the unethical nature of the relationship, only requiring one of the two of them to be removed from the case.

When Wade resigned, Willis apparently thought the whole thing would be over.

But the state Senate is now investigating Willis and her relationship with Wade, as well as a statement she made about taking money from her last campaign for personal use.

Even McAfee said that an "odor of mendacity" hangs over the case now, and things like this tend to stink more the longer they hang around.

Trump hasn't said he'll appeal the ruling to let Willis stay on the case.

At this point he may prefer to have her on the case, as damaged as she is (even if she doesn't think so), rather than take his chances with someone new.

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