GOP-led House Judiciary Committee asks former Fulton County special prosecutor Nathan Wade to testify about Georgia Trump case

 May 10, 2024

Nathan Wade, the former special prosecutor hired by Georgia's Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis -- with whom he was involved in a romantic affair -- who resigned from the election-related racketeering case against former President Donald Trump and others in March, may need to do some explaining about his involvement in that case.

The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee just called upon Wade to come and voluntarily provide testimony about his particular role in and other aspects of the prosecutorial effort against the former president, Fox News reported.

In a letter inviting Wade to testify and turn over certain requested documents before May 16, Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) laid out some of the "serious concerns" he and others have about the Trump prosecution and how Wade "cannot go unquestioned" about the central role he previously played.

Committee has "serious concerns" about Wade's role, compensation, and alleged coordination on Trump case

The letter from Rep. Jordan to Wade referenced the committee's "oversight of politically motivated prosecutions by state and local officials," including the Fulton County DA's Office's use of federal grant funds, and noted how Wade had ignored a previous request in January to come testify and hand over relevant information sought by the committee.

"There are serious concerns about your role in the politically motivated prosecution initiated by Ms. Willis against President Donald J. Trump," Jordan wrote. "You have reportedly 'profit[ed] significantly” from Ms. Willis’s prosecution, with unsealed court filings alleging that you have been paid 'almost seven hundred thousand dollars ($700,000) [from the FCDAO] since May of 2022 alone.'"

"The Committee understands that Ms. Willis reportedly compensated you and financed her politically motivated prosecution using a mixture of taxpayer funds, possibly including part of the $14.6 million in federal grant funds that her office received from the Department of Justice between 2020 and 2023," the letter continued. "While receiving taxpayer funds, you apparently coordinated with Democrats in Washington, D.C. -- 'quietly me[eting]' with staff from the partisan January 6 Committee, which allowed you to review information it had gathered, and you had two separate meetings with the Biden White House, including with President Biden’s White House Counsel."

Given those concerns and related legislative reform proposals, Jordan concluded, "We reiterate the requests of our January 12, 2024, letter, enclosed for your convenience, and ask that you produce this material as soon as possible but no later than May 16, 2024. Further, the Committee requires your testimony to discuss the subject matter of our related requests."

Committee wants testimony and relevant documents from Wade

The attached previous letter from January outlined similar concerns about Wade's role in the anti-Trump prosecution and raised questions about his billing practices, compensation from county funds, and alleged coordination with Democrat-led congressional and federal investigations and prosecutorial efforts against the former Republican president.

"The Committee has serious concerns about the degree of improper coordination among politicized actors -- including the Biden White House -- to investigate and prosecute President Biden’s chief political opponent," Chairman Jordan wrote at the time. "This new information released recently only reinforces the Committee’s concerns about politically motivated prosecutions by state and local officials."

As such, Wade was asked to turn over "all documents and communications" involving himself, the DA's Office, and the DOJ, including Special Counsel Jack Smith; the Executive Office of the President, including the White House Counsel's Office; and the now-defunct House January 6 Select Committee.

The January letter also asked for all "notes, memoranda, documents, or other material" Wade may possess about his interactions with those three federal entities; all invoices and billing statements submitted as part of the case; and all "contracts and financial arrangements" between Wade and the county DA's Office.

Wade resigned in March to comply with judge's ruling on appearance of impropriety

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the letter and noted that Wade could not be reached for comment, though he has previously insisted that he did nothing wrong -- even as he admitted in a recent interview that the timing of his previously undisclosed personal relationship with DA Willis "could have been better."

Atlanta News First reported that Wade resigned from the case in March after presiding Judge Scott McAfee ruled that either he or Willis needed to be removed in light of the appearance of impropriety created by the allegations of their romantic relationship and possible financial benefits derived from working together on the case.

That ruling from the judge is now reportedly being reviewed by the Georgia Court of Appeals following a request from former President Trump and other co-defendants.

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