A judge has ordered that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is overseeing former President Donald Trump‘s Georgia election interference case, is required to respond to allegations regarding an inappropriate relationship with prosecutor Nathan Wade by February 2. A hearing will be held on February 15.

Former Trump campaign official and defendant in the case Mike Roman filed a complaint with the allegations last week, claiming that Willis and Wade have been having a romantic relationship, violating ethical rules in Georgia.

Roman claims Willis and Wade traveled on expensive vacations financed by the income Wade earned during his work.

Subsequent to Wade’s involvement in the Trump case, he had no prior experience in complicated, high-profile cases. He has a background in contract disputes and civil cases.

A day after Wade was hired by Willis as a special prosecutor in 2021, he filed for divorce from his wife of more than two decades. These divorce hearings became intertwined with the Georgia case when Willis was subpoenaed to testify in the divorce.

Willis moved to quash the subpoena of her deposition, claiming that she had no relevant information as both parties agreed the marriage had been “long broken.’”  

On Monday, a judge unsealed the divorce filings. 

Willis charged that the subpoena was planned with Roman as an attempt to embarrass her amidst the Trump case. She stated that she has not been identified as a relevant witness for questioning.

As a result of these allegations surfacing, the case against Trump and the other individuals charged has grown more complicated. Citing due process protections such as double jeopardy and presidential immunity, Trump called for the case to be thrown out.  

The upcoming hearing is crucial for the district attorney’s office – their entire case could be thrown out if misconduct or inappropriate behavior is proven. Aside from legal reasons, the prosecuting team will seek to regain the trust of the public in the upcoming weeks.

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