Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is now facing yet another accusation from a co-defendant in her 2020 election interference case against former President Donald Trump.
Co-defendant David Shafer, who served as the Georgia GOP Chairman in 2020 and was a GOP presidential elector for Georgia during the 2020 election, filed a motion in court on Monday, alleging that Willis has been engaged in a “pattern of prosecutorial and forensic misconduct.” The motion contends that such behavior should disqualify not only Willis but also her entire office and prosecution staff, as reported by Fox News.
Shafer’s motion follows co-defendant Michael Roman’s claim that Willis had an “improper” relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade, whom she assigned to oversee the sprawling racketeering case against Trump. Roman has urged the court to disqualify Willis from the case.
In a court filing on Friday, Willis responded to the allegations, acknowledging a “personal” relationship with Wade. However, she dismissed any assertions of a conflict of interest. Willis also argued that according to Georgia law, for a district attorney to be involuntarily removed from a case, the conflict of interest must be harmful to the defendant’s case, as reported by Fox News.
In his filing on Monday, Shafer alleged that Willis has exhibited a consistent “pattern of prejudicial public statements” regarding the case through media interviews and public speeches. The filing further asserted that by making such statements, she aimed to “inject and infect the jury pool,” justifying her removal from the case.
Shafer’s submission referenced Willis’s initial response to allegations of her affair last month, notably during remarks at the Bethel AME Church in Atlanta.
“They only attacked one,” she said. “First thing they say, ‘Oh, she’s gonna play the race card now.’ But no God, isn’t it them that’s playing the race card when they only question one,” Willis asked.
"Witnesses will testify" that DA Willis and Wade cohabitated at an AirBNB "that was paid for by tax payer money"
The "safe house" was also a romantic getaway! pic.twitter.com/9UA8lvDBeR
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) February 5, 2024
“You cannot expect black women to be perfect and save the world,” Willis said, adding that “we need to be allowed to stumble. We need grace.”
In his filing, Shafer argued: “The obvious intent of her remarks was to inject and infect the jury pool in Fulton County with unfounded allegations that anyone who dares question her or Mr. Wade’s conduct must have done so for racist purposes.”
“As an attorney and, most importantly, a public prosecutor, her comments which directly affected the pending litigation were indefensible and reprehensible. These comments constitute prosecutorial, forensic misconduct and warrant her removal and that of her Office from the prosecution of this case,” the filing added.
In legal filings submitted last month, Roman alleged that Wade billed Fulton County for 24 hours of work in a single day in November 2021, shortly after taking on the position of special prosecutor. Roman also contended that Willis profited from her alleged partner’s inflated taxpayer-funded salary by partaking in luxurious vacations funded by him.
Court documents indicate that Wade, lacking experience in RICO and felony prosecutions, billed taxpayers $654,000 since January 2022, Fox News noted.