Trump’s attorney general in Georgia, Fani Willis, acknowledges the relationship and says there is no misconduct

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Georgia prosecutor prosecuting Donald Trump on charges of trying to overturn his defeat in the 2020 election acknowledged the existence of a relationship with another lawyer in this case, but rejected the former US president’s attempt to remove her from the case related to her, media reported. Multiple. According to media reports on Friday.

Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis said in a lawsuit that the allegations that threatened to upend her office’s historic prosecution were “baseless,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

“Although the allegations raised in the various petitions are salacious and received the media attention they were intended to receive, none of them provides this court with any basis upon which it can order the relief it seeks,” Willis said, according to a transcript of the published filing. “. Online through American media.

Trump and two other accusers are seeking to disqualify Willis and dismiss the charges, alleging that Willis benefited financially from a “secret and improper personal relationship” with Nathan Wade, an attorney she hired to help lead the investigation.

This case is one of four criminal trials that Trump faces as he approaches winning the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic President Joe Biden in the November elections. Trump has launched multiple challenges to these cases that could delay the start of any trial by weeks or months.

Citing unnamed sources and previously sealed court records, Trump’s co-defendant, Michael Roman, alleged in a lawsuit that Wade paid for vacations with Willis while receiving compensation from her office for work on the investigation.

Trump and his co-defendants accused Willis of a conflict of interest, and indicated that her relationship with Wade may conflict with state ethics rules and American law.

Records released as part of Wade’s divorce case show he paid for flights with Willis on at least two occasions during the investigation.

Trump’s legal team supported Roman’s claims and said Willis “inappropriately brought race into the case” during a speech responding to Roman’s allegations.

Willis said during the speech that she had appointed three special counsels to investigate election interference, and noted that only Wade, who is black like herself, was under scrutiny.

In Georgia, Trump and 14 of his political allies face racketeering and other charges in a sweeping indictment accusing them of conspiring to reverse his narrow 2020 defeat in the state. Four defendants charged in the case originally pleaded guilty after striking deals with prosecutors.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee, who is overseeing the case, has scheduled a hearing for February 15 focusing on the allegations.

(Reporting by Andrew Godward; Editing by Scott Malone and Danielle Wallis)

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