Georgia judge to hear second day of evidence against DA Fani Willis after fiery testimony


A hearing to hash out evidence in allegations that Georgia prosecutor Fani Willis had an “improper” affair with a colleague prosecuting the case against former President Donald Trump will move into the second day of witness testimony on Friday. 

On Thursday, Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee presided over a marathon, and at some points contentious, day of testimony in which lawyers for defendants in the case grilled witnesses in an attempt to show that Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade were romantically involved when Willis hired him, and that she financially benefitted from the relationship. 

The courtroom hit a boiling point Thursday afternoon when Willis herself took the witness stand, after several attempts to avoid it, and was so combative that the judge had to step in multiple times to cool tensions.

Willis is expected to take the stand again Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. 

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Fulton County DA Fani Willis (Getty Images)

On Thursday, Willis’ former friend and colleague at the district attorney’s office Robin Yeartie dropped a bombshell when testified that she had “no doubt” Willis and Wade had a “romantic” relationship starting in 2019, contradicting Willis’ prior statements to the court that their relationship began in 2022. Wade was hired in 2021. 

Nathan Wade, who took to the witness stand for hours on Thursday, revealed that he was battling cancer in 2020 and a portion of 2021, and told the court he wasn’t dating anyone in 2021. 

Defense lawyers Ashleigh Merchant, Craig Gillen, Steve Stadow, who led the bulk of the questioning Thursday are trying to prove the existence and extent of any financial benefit to Willis from Wade from their relationship, which is the crux of their argument that Willis should be disqualified. 

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Nathan Wade

Special Prosecutor Nathan Wade ((Photo by Alyssa Pointer-Pool/Getty Images)ter-Pool/Getty Images))

Much of Willis’ testimony focused on vacations she took with Wade, including Caribbean cruises and visiting wine country California. 

Both testified that Wade would routinely paid for the trips and Willis would reimburse him with cash. When repeatedly pressed about whether any records existed for her withdrawals of the funds, she said she was accustomed and taught by her father to keep 6 months of regular expenses on hand in cash.

Wade admitted that he did not have deposit slips or receipts to support his claims that Willis reimbursed him with cash. 

Four co-defendants in the sprawling case against Trump for alleged election interference filed motions earlier this year moving for Willis and her team to be disqualified. 

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Scott McAfee

Fulton Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Judge McAfee said that “it’s clear that disqualification can occur if evidence is produced demonstrating an actual conflict or the appearance of one.” 

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“The state has admitted a relationship existed. And so, what remains to be proven is the existence and extent of any financial benefit,” the said to table-set Thursday and Friday’s hearings.

The defense team say they have two more witnesses to call up Friday. Judge McAfee indicated he would not rule from the bench after what is expected to be at least five hours of testimony. 



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