Fani Willis faces misconduct allegations in Trump case

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Fani Willis, the district attorney of Fulton County, Georgia, who is prosecuting former President Donald Trump and his co-defendants for allegedly interfering with the 2020 Georgia election results, is facing misconduct allegations of her own.

A hearing on these allegations resumed on Friday, February 16, 2024, where Willis and other witnesses testified about the nature and timeline of their relationship with Nathan Wade, the special prosecutor she hired to lead the case.

The allegations were brought by Paul Howard, Willis’ predecessor and former boss, who claims that Willis had an improper relationship with Wade that influenced her decision to appoint him as the special prosecutor and pay him more than $250,000 from county funds.

Howard also alleges that Willis lied about the relationship to the court and the public, and that she violated the Georgia Code of Professional Conduct for lawyers.

Willis denies any wrongdoing and says that her relationship with Wade was strictly professional and that he was the best qualified person for the job. She also accuses Howard of being motivated by political and personal vendettas, as he lost his re-election bid to Willis in 2020 and is himself under investigation for corruption and sexual harassment.

The hearing is being presided over by Judge Christopher Brasher, who was appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court to hear the case. Brasher has the authority to dismiss the allegations, impose sanctions on Willis, or remove her from the Trump case.

The Trump case is one of the most high-profile and controversial cases in the country, as it involves charges of criminal solicitation, conspiracy, and racketeering against the former president and his allies for allegedly pressuring Georgia officials to overturn the election results in his favor.

The hearing is expected to last for several days, and the outcome could have significant implications for the Trump case and the future of Willis’ career.

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