02/02/2024 – 20:50
The Georgia prosecutor who brought electoral interference charges against former US President Donald Trump, Fani Willis, admitted this Friday (2) that she had a relationship with a prosecutor she hired to work on the case.
Citing the connection between Fani and special prosecutor Nathan Wade, Trump and two other defendants called for her to be disqualified and the charges dismissed.
In a 176-page brief presented to Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee, Fani called the petition baseless and asked the judge to dismiss it. She stated that she had no relationship with Wade when he was hired in November 2021 as a special prosecutor, for which he allegedly received more than US$650,000 (R$3.2 million).
Wade, who is going through a divorce, said in a sworn statement that he and Fani began a personal relationship in 2022, and that she “did not receive funds or have any personal financial gain” from her role as special prosecutor.
Trump has pleaded not guilty to charges of participating in a criminal conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Georgia, where Democrat Joe Biden won by about 12,000 votes.
In a message published today on his platform, Truth Social, Trump said that Fani had just “admitted that she had a relationship with the prosecutor that she, in consultation with the White House and the Department of Justice, appointed to CATCH PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP. THIS MEANS THAT THIS FRAUD IS COMPLETELY DISCREDITED AND OVER.”
Fani Willis called for the trial of the former president and 14 other defendants to begin on August 5, three months before the presidential elections.
Trump also faces federal charges for his effort to subvert the 2020 elections and the invasion of Republican supporters into the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. In addition, Trump and his two eldest sons, Don Junior and Eric, are on trial in New York for corporate fraud, and the former president is scheduled to go on trial in Florida in May for mishandling classified documents after leaving the White House.