Ex-Special Prosecutor Nathan Wade spotted at primary victory celebration for Fulton County DA Fani Willis

 May 23, 2024

Georgia's Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis won her Democratic primary election on Tuesday and is now headed toward likely re-election in November when she will face off against a Republican challenger who previously interned in the White House of former President Donald Trump, whom Willis is criminally prosecuting.

Spotted at Willis' victory party Tuesday night was former Special Prosecutor Nathan Wade, who was forced by a judge to resign from the Trump case amid allegations of an improper and undisclosed romantic affair with Willis, according to Fox News.

The allegations of impropriety and misconduct that were first raised in January essentially ground Willis' prosecution of Trump to a halt, as has the fallout from Judge Scott McAfee's decision to allow Willis to remain on the case if Wade resigned -- a ruling that is now facing review by Georgia's Court of Appeals.

Wade spotted at Willis' victory party

Tamar Hallerman, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who has been covering DA Willis' prosecution of former President Trump and others on racketeering and other criminal charges concerning the 2020 election, revealed on social media that former Special Prosecutor Wade was in attendance at Willis' victory party.

"Well consider me shook," the reporter wrote. "At DA Willis’ campaign party in Buckhead and Nathan Wade just walked in. All smiles."

Hallerman noted in a follow-up post that Willis appeared "very cheerful" while "mingling with the crowd" that included the mayor, a prominent bishop, and many staffers from the DA's office.

Willis said voters sent a "message"

Local PBS affiliate WABE reported that there was a "live band and flowing drinks" at the "historic mansion" in Buckhead that hosted the victory celebration for Fulton County DA Willis in her Democratic primary contest.

In her victory speech, Willis said voters in the county had sent a clear message that day: "They want a district attorney that believes everyone deserves to be safe and everyone is entitled to some dignity."

"And it’s a message that’s pissing some folks off, but there is no one above the law in this country, nor is there anyone beneath it," she added in a likely dig at the former president and presumptive Republican presidential nominee who she is criminally prosecuting.

The outlet noted that Judge McAfee, who had been appointed to the bench by Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp just a few months before the Trump case was randomly assigned to him, won his nonpartisan judicial race and will now serve a full four-year term on Fulton County's Superior Court.

Trump case remains on track, albeit stalled out and not moving

Axios reported that the dual victories for both DA Willis and Judge McAfee mean that the Trump case, however "slow-going" it may be, will remain on track, as a loss by either would have resulted in further delays with the case being reassigned or dropped altogether.

The case isn't going anywhere anytime soon, though, as the Georgia Recorder reported earlier this month that the Georgia appellate court's review of McAfee's decision to allow Willis to remain on the case if Wade resigned -- despite acknowledging the "significant appearance of impropriety" on the prosecution team -- will likely take several months to be completed.

Nor will the matter end with the appellate court's ruling, regardless of what it may be, as either side could further appeal it to the Georgia Supreme Court -- not to mention the fact that several pre-trial issues remain to be sorted out in the lower court -- which all means that it is highly unlikely that Willis will actually be able to move forward with her prosecution of Trump before November's election.

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