Trump election judge in Georgia may force DA to testify in disqualification hearing


Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis attends Harrison Floyd’s bond revocation hearing at Fulton County District Court in Atlanta on November 21, 2023.

Dennis Byron | Reuters

The judge in the Georgia election-related criminal case against Donald Trump appeared inclined Monday to allow District Attorney Fanny Willis to be subpoenaed to testify at an upcoming hearing for possible exclusion from the case.

Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee said at a hearing that Willis’s testimony appeared relevant to an attempt by Trump and some of his co-defendants to have her removed from the case because of her romantic relationship with one of his key subordinates, Nathan Wade. Willis appointed Wade as special prosecutor in Trump’s case.

“I don’t see how we can force a revocation here,” McAfee said, using the legal term for invalidating a subpoena.

But McAfee said he would delay a final ruling on Willis’ request to quash the subpoena for her testimony from one of Trump’s accusers until after another witness testified Thursday at the hearing.

The judge revoked a subpoena for Wade’s bank records, which some defendants wanted to introduce into evidence to support their claims that he paid for vacations with Willis while he headed a team investigating and prosecuting Trump.

Trump and more than a dozen others face charges of crimes related to trying to overturn his 2020 election loss in Georgia to President Joe Biden.

Trump has pleaded not guilty in the case.

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