Nathan Wade, the special prosecutor appointed by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to lead the election interference case against Donald Trump in Georgia, has reached a temporary divorce settlement with his estranged wife, Jocelyn Wade.
This agreement spares him from testifying in court about his alleged affair with Willis, which had become a focal point of controversy.
Settlement reached in case involving allegations against Willis, avoids hearing
The settlement, approved by Cobb County Superior Court Judge Henry Thompson on January 30, eliminated the need for a hearing scheduled for January 31.
At this hearing, Wade was expected to address his relationship with Willis, who has faced accusations of engaging in an “improper” relationship with him.
This development comes amid President Trump and Republicans’ assertions that Willis’s prosecution of the former president is politically motivated, aiming to undermine his potential 2024 presidential bid.
Allegations of misconduct and political motivations
Fulton Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee has directed Willis to respond to the allegations of an “improper” relationship by mid-February.
Meanwhile, attorney Ashleigh Merchant, representing co-defendant Michael Roman, has moved to dismiss the election interference case, citing misconduct by Fulton County prosecutors.
Merchant’s filing alleges Willis was “improperly” involved with Wade and accuses her of misusing taxpayer funds to benefit from their relationship, including flight payments and a substantial hourly rate paid to Wade for his work on the case.
Calls for investigation and potential impeachment
The case and the surrounding allegations have prompted calls to investigate Willis’s conduct.
The Fulton County Audit Committee and Commissioner Bob Ellis have demanded explanations from Willis, particularly regarding her relationship with Wade and financial transactions.
Furthermore, State Rep. Charlice Byrd has filed a resolution for Willis’s impeachment, citing “malfeasance, tyrannical partiality, and oppression” and accusing her of leveraging her office for political purposes and engaging in an unethical relationship with Wade.
Georgia Senate forms committee to probe Willis’s misconduct claims
The Georgia Senate has passed a resolution establishing a committee to investigate the misconduct allegations against Willis, including the potential misuse of public funds and the implications of her alleged romantic relationship with Wade.
This investigation could lead to Willis’s recusal from the Trump trial, the appointment of a special prosecutor, and further disciplinary actions.
Willis cites racism in scrutiny amid legal and political drama
Amidst these developments, Willis has suggested that the scrutiny she faces is motivated by racism, although her office has not formally responded to requests for comment on the allegations.
This unfolding situation underscores the complexities at the intersection of legal proceedings and political dynamics, as well as the intense scrutiny faced by those involved in high-profile cases such as the election interference case against former President Donald Trump.