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President Trump plans to attend a Thursday evidentiary hearing in Atlanta regarding the ‘improper relationship’ allegations against Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, The Washington Post reports.
Willis faces accusations that she engaged in an ‘improper relationship’ with special prosecutor Nathan Wade, who she hired for the Georgia election interference case against Donald Trump.
BREAKING: Donald Trump plans to attend a Thursday hearing in Atlanta on allegations that Fulton County DA Fani Willis engaged in an improper personal relationship with the lead prosecutor on the election interference case
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The Washington Post reports:
Trump has a scheduled appearance in New York the same day for a pretrial conference in a case that’s slated to go to trial on March 25. Trump is charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records in connection with hush money payments to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election.
If he instead travels to Atlanta, it will be his first court appearance in the sprawling racketeering case since a grand jury indicted him and 18 others in August. They are accused of criminally conspiring to try to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. At least one of those defendants, former Georgia GOP chairman David Shafer, is also expected to attend. If more do the same, Thursday could provide an early glimpse of what a multi-defendant trial could look like.
If Trump attends Thursday’s hearing, he would be able to watch as Willis’s personal life and professional integrity are scrutinized and questioned. His appearance would likely draw even more attention and perhaps chaos to the already highly anticipated hearing.
BREAKING: Trump plans to attend Georgia hearing on misconduct allegations against Fani Willis
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Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee, the judge overseeing Donald Trump’s Georgia election interference case, said it’s possible allegations against Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis “could result in disqualification.”
“Specifically, looking at defendant Roman’s motion, it alleges a relationship that resulted in a financial benefit to the district attorney. And that is no longer a matter of complete speculation. The state has admitted a relationship existed,” McAfee said.
“And so what remains to be proven is the existence and extent of any financial benefit. Again, if there is, if there was one. So. Because I think it’s possible that the facts alleged by the defendant could result in disqualification, I think an evidentiary hearing must occur to establish the record on those core allegations,” he continued.
NEW: Judge in the Georgia criminal case against President Trump says "I think it's possible that the facts alleged could result in disqualification [for Fani Willis]. I think an evidentiary hearing must occur to establish the record on those core allegations" pic.twitter.com/TkP2nDQAxX
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 12, 2024
From the New York Post:
The DA and Wade — whom Willis appointed as a special prosecutor in the Georgia election fraud case against the former president and over a dozen others — had both been seeking to get out of testifying at a court hearing Thursday where Trump co-defendant Mike Roman will seek to have the criminal case dropped against him over the prosecutors’ alleged misconduct.
But Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee said in court Monday Roman’s lawyer had “established a good faith basis” for the prosecutorial duo’s testimony and for testimony from other employees in the DA’s office.
He also made clear the hearing would focus on Roman’s charges of whether Willis had benefited financially by hiring Wade and when they first became involved romantically.
He warned: “Disqualification can occur if evidence is produced demonstrating an actual conflict or the appearance of one.”
Donald Trump himself plans to attend that Thursday hearing, sources told The Washington Post, which would mark his first appearance in the Georgia court since he was indicted alongside 18 others last August.