While some may be pondering how there’s still a case against Donald Trump in the state of Georgia, given that embattled District Attorney Fani Willis reportedly hired a lover to prosecute the case and benefitted financially from that arrangement, accusations against Willis continue to fly.
Willis has admitted to a “personal relationship” with prosecutor Nathan Wade, but claims she has “no financial conflict of interest that constitutes a legal bases (sic) for disqualification” from the case. She also claims there is “no personal conflict of interest” that would justify her or the office’s dismissal.
At the same time, a fourth co-defendant in the case against the former president, David Shafer, who served as the Georgia GOP Chairman and a GOP presidential elector for Georgia during the 2020 election, has filed a motion for the court to disqualify Willis and her entire office and prosecution staff, citing a “pattern of prosecutorial, forensic misconduct,” Fox News reported.
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Shafer’s motion follows co-defendant Michael Roman’s claims that Willis engaged in an “improper” relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade whom she hired to prosecute the sprawling racketeering case against Trump and asked the court to disqualify her from the case.
Shafer on Monday claimed that Willis has a “pattern of prejudicial public statements” about the case through various media interviews and public speeches, and claimed that in making such statements, she intended to “reject and infect the jury pool.” Shafer and his lawyers argue that this is primarily what warrants her removal.
The public statements are in reference to Willis commenting on the affair in January at Bethel AME Church in Atlanta.
“They only attacked one,” she said, clearly playing the race card. “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.”
“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.”
Shafer pointed to the racism claim in Monday’s court filing.
“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,” the filing said. “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.”
There is a scheduled Feb. 15 evidentiary hearing set, with Judge Scott McAfee allowing defendants to present evidence to compel the court to remove Willis and her office from the case, and Shafer requested that the hearing be allowed to take place, according to Fox News.
“District Attorney Willis and Mr. Wade are not victims here — these are all self-inflicted and completely avoidable errors in which the defense had no hand, but are of such significance that the defense has no choice but to put them before the Court,” said Shafer’s lawyer, Craig A. Gillen
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