Fani Willis urges court to let her stay on Trump case

 April 10, 2024

Fani Willis asked a Georgia appeals court Monday to let her continue prosecuting Donald Trump for "election interference" as the former president pushes for her disqualification.

Judge Scott McAfee declined to remove Willis from the case last month despite acknowledging an appearance of impropriety in a relationship she had with another prosecutor, Nathan Wade.

Fani Willis disqualification

Even as he noted an "odor of mendacity" in Willis' actions, McAfee let her stay on the case so long as Wade stepped aside, which he promptly did.

McAfee also criticized Willis' "unprofessional" courtroom testimony, which startled many with its furious, rambling tone, and called an inflammatory speech she gave at an Atlanta church "legally improper" but not disqualifying.

Trump and others charged in Willis' case have warned that Willis may have influenced jurors in heavily black Atlanta when she accused her critics of "playing the race card."

In their appeal to the Georgia Court of Appeals, Trump's team called McAfee's decision to let Willis stay on the case "plain legal error" and noted the importance of upholding public trust in the justice system.

"Her disqualification is the minimum that must be done to remove the stain of her legally improper and plainly unethical conduct from the remainder of the case," Trump lawyer Steve Sadow wrote in his appeal.

No remorse from Willis

Both Willis and Wade claimed that she reimbursed him in cash for expensive trips they took together, a claim McAfee called "not so incredible as to be inherently unbelievable."

In a motion to the appeals court Monday, Willis said McAfee's ruling correctly identified no misconduct that merits disqualification.

“Days of evidence and testimony failed to disclose anything like a calculated pre-trial plan designed to prejudice the defendants or secure their convictions,” Willis wrote.

Although Willis appears to have no remorse, her actions have badly damaged the credibility of her case, while possibility tainting other efforts to prosecute Trump as well.

Still, Willis appears confident as ever - warning Trump that "the train is coming."

“Let’s say for the record, I’m not embarrassed by anything I’ve done,” she said.

“You know, I guess my greatest crime is I had a relationship with a man, but that’s not something that I find embarrassing in any way, and I know that I have not done anything illegal,” she explained.

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