Legal expert says new allegations against Fani Willis could put her in jeopardy

 January 18, 2024

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis got national attention last year for indicting former President Donald Trump under Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

Yet that attention turned negative recently following reports that she brought her lover, Nathan Wade on the case despite him having no RICO experience. Some legal experts say that is grounds for her removal.

Former White House attorney warns that Willis may be "cheating the county"

They include John Shu, who served as an attorney in the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush.

Shu told Fox News that Willis' "alleged romantic relationship with Wade, which pre-existed her appointing him, is totally improper if it is true."

While Willis seems unlikely to voluntarily recuse herself from Trump's case, Shu suggested that she could be facing legal problems of her own.

"Hiring one's romantic partner and knowingly paying his alleged fake bills, however, likely would be considered cheating the county, especially because he is not a RICO expert," Shu explained.

Wade was paid to attend White House meeting

"Also, Wade would be in hot water if, as alleged, he overbilled fake billable hours and got paid for them," he went on to add.

Fox News reported earlier this week that Wade has been paid some $654,000 worth of legal fees since January 2022, including $2,000 for attending a White House meeting.

What's more, he is receiving $100 per hour more than John Floyd, an attorney who is said to have "considerable knowledge" in trying RICO cases.

As the New York Post pointed out Willis blamed the controversy on racism while speaking at Atlanta's Big Bethel AME Church this past weekend.

"You cannot expect black women to be perfect and save the world. The Lord is completing us, we are not perfect. We need your prayers, we need to be allowed to stumble. We need grace," she declared.

Republican senator says Trump case is politically motivated

News that Wade attended a White House meeting was highlighted by Tennessee Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn earlier this month, who argued that it pointed to political interference.

"Fani Willis' alleged romantic partner/special prosecutor coordinated with the White House while building the political prosecution of Donald Trump. All on the taxpayer dime," she wrote in a post on X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter.

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