Trump’s Georgia prosecutor admits to having romantic relationship with Atlanta DA’s chief

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Fulton County Prosecutor Fannie Willis speaks at a news conference next to District Attorney Nathan Wade after a grand jury returns indictments against former President Donald Trump and his allies in their attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 state election, in Atlanta, Georgia, US on August 14 , 2023.

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The top prosecutor in Atlanta District Attorney Fanny Willis’s criminal election case against Donald Trump said Friday that they developed a “personal relationship” after he joined her team — but he and Willis denied that created a conflict of interest.

Prosecutor Nathan Wade, in an affidavit, also denied allegations that he or Willis benefited financially from the romantic relationship.

In the same lawsuit in Fulton County Circuit Court, Willis rejected accusations by one of Trump’s co-defendants that the relationship constituted a disqualifying conflict of interest.

While Willis and Wade “have been professional partners and friends since 2019,” the prosecutor said they had “no personal relationship” in November 2021, when Wade was assigned to the case accusing the former president of trying to overturn his 2020 election loss in Georgia. .

The defendants in the case provide no evidence that the prosecutors’ subsequent personal relationship, which began in 2022, influenced “the exercise of any prosecutorial discretion,” Willis wrote.

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