ATLANTA — A group of lawyers and ethics experts have filed a motion defending the Fulton County district attorney. Fani Willis as former president Donald Trump urges thThe court must send her back of his election interference case in Georgia.
In the court filing, 17 signatories argued that allegations that Willis benefited financially from a personal relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade were not grounds for removal.
“We do not independently know whether there was a personal relationship at the time of hire or whether the overall expenses related to the personal relationship were approximately balanced,” Willis’ defense motion reads. “But even if all of Defendants’ allegations are true, they do not here require disqualification. In fact, they don’t even come close.”
“Paying for gifts for a romantic partner with one’s income is normal in the context of a marriage or other romantic relationship,” the filing states. “Neither the relationship nor the alleged financial benefit to DA Willis warrants disqualification under Georgia law.”
A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office said neither Willis nor his office requested the motion and only became aware of it when it was filed.
Among the signatories are Sarah Saldaña, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement during the Obama administration; Brad Wendel, law professor at Cornell University; and Abbe Smith, professor of law at Georgetown University.
The effort to impeach Willis was first made in January by co-defendant Michael Roman, then adopted by Trump and co-defendant Michael Cheeley.
In a court filing Last week, Willis acknowledged having a personal relationship with Wade, while his office said the defendants had not established “a real conflict of interest, nor demonstrated that, in handling the case, the D.A. Willis or Special Prosecutor Wade had acted.” outside of any personal or financial motivation. Wade admitted a personal problem…