Court of Appeals To Take on Trump’s Case Against Fani Willis

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( – The Georgia Court of Appeals will be taking up the case of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and whether she should be allowed to remain on the election interference case of former President Donald Trump. 

In March, Judge Scott McAfee ruled that following the revelation of the affair between Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade, Wade needed to be removed from the case while Willis was allowed to continue. Many of the cases’ co-defendants have alleged that Wade’s and Willis’ romantic affair started before he was hired and that she had received financial benefits thanks to the relationship. However, the two have denied these claims. 

McAfee gave the defense permission to appeal his ruling. On Wednesday, May 8, the appeals court announced that they would look at the arguments for the disqualification of Willis.

Trump’s lawyer Steve Sadow put out a statement saying that Trump is eager to “presenting interlocutory arguments” to the court, pushing for the case’s dismissal. Trump and his legal team will be arguing that Willis needs to be disqualified for misconduct and the “unwarranted political persecution” of the former President. 

The appeals court has not yet set a date for hearing the arguments. In March, McAfee ruled that the defendants had not met their “burden” by showing that there was a conflict of interest caused by Willis’s personal relationship and the trips she had taken with Wade, who was her lead prosecutor. Despite this, it was noted that there appeared to be impropriety in the case which led to the court calling for either Willis’s entire office or just Wade to step down. 

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