The attorney representing a co-defendant alongside former President Donald Trump has raised concerns about the defense presented by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis regarding corruption allegations against her.
Recently, Willis admitted to being in a relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade, whom she had appointed for the case against Trump. However, she denied any financial gain from the relationship and suggested that Michael Roman’s motion to disqualify her should be rejected without a hearing.
In response, Roman’s lawyer filed court documents questioning Willis’ claims and implying that witness testimonies would contradict her statements made in court.
“Let us be clear: if Mr. Roman had not uncovered the now-admitted personal relationship between Willis and Wade, no one may have ever known about it,” the filing stated. “That raises the obvious and important question: If they had nothing to hide in the first place because they did nothing wrong, then why did they intentionally not tell anyone about it until they got caught with their hand in the cookie jar?”
The filing also disputes a number of statements that Wade made in his own sworn affidavit.
“In Paragraph 31 of your affidavit, you swore that you have never cohabitated with Ms. Willis but the attached documents show you shared a king size bed with her in Aruba from November 1, 2022 until November 4, 2022,” the filing states.
According to The Daily Caller, travel receipts submitted as part of the filing revealed that both Wade and Willis were registered together for a shared hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino.
“Additionally, witnesses will testify that you cohabitated with Ms. Willis at her home in South Fulton until her father moved in with her and you then began to cohabitate at the apartment of a friend of hers in East Point,” the filing states. “Additionally, witnesses will testify that you cohabitated with Ms. Willis at an Airbnb in Hapeville that was paid for by taxpayer money to serve as a ‘safe house’ for you and Ms. Willis.”
According to Roman’s motion, Wade has not provided any evidence or justification for the court and the public to trust his experience and qualifications for the position Willis appointed him to.
“If his experience is so significant then he should welcome the opportunity to testify as to the specifics of the cases he has tried and enjoy the candid transparency that would bring to the process instead of hiding behind an unsubstantiated claim that he has ‘tried complex’ matters including murder, rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault and drug trafficking,” it states.
The initial filing did not fully respond to all the claims made by the DA’s office, including Wade’s affirmation in his affidavit about personal travel expenses being split equally between him and Willis. However, it indicated that Roman would submit a more thorough response in the future, addressing each of the State’s arguments.
“This [initial] reply is being filed now because the State seeks to have this Court cancel the evidentiary hearing based solely on assertions in pleadings,” it states.
In a statement released on Friday, Steve Sadow, the attorney for Trump, claimed that the district attorney’s filing was solely aimed at stopping the February 15th hearing meant to address the allegations.
“While the DA admits to an intimate relationship with her employee Special Asst. DA Wade, she fails to provide full transparency and necessary financial details,” Sadow said. “Indeed, she says absolutely nothing about the so-called ‘coincidence’ of Wade filing for divorce the day after the DA hired him!”