A Fulton County judge is slated to rule on whether District Attorney Fani Willis must take the stand this week amid controversy over her alleged romantic involvement with Special Prosecutor Nathan Wade. The decision, which could have significant implications for the high-stakes election interference case, is centered on collision of the personal and the political.
The hearing, scheduled for today at 2 p.m., comes after former President Trump co-defendant Michael Roman moved to potentially disqualify Willis and her team over the relationship claims. Roman, a former White House aide, is facing charges for his purported role in the scheme to submit false electors following the 2020 election. This hearing could greatly influence the trajectory of the case and add another twist to what Atlanta News First describes as "the nation’s most politically and socially complex trial in American judicial history."
Willis and Wade had initially kept mum about their relationship until it was brought to light in an ordered written response by Judge Scott McAfee before the hearing. According to FOX 5 Atlanta, Willis has dismissed the disqualification attempt as lacking evidence and "salacious." Her team filed a motion last week trying to quash the subpoenas, labeling Roman's effort as an attempt "to harass and to disrupt" the case rather than a legitimate legal challenge.
Roman's attorney, however, appears to firmly push against Willis's rebuttal, alleging she has not been "forthright" about the extent of her relationship with Wade. In vivid detail, the attorney has stated that a former partner of Wade, Terrence Bradley, will testify that Willis and Wade's romantic involvement dates back further than they have disclosed — a claim said to challenge Wade's assertion that their relationship began only in 2022. Willis's own indictment efforts against Trump and his allies, for trying to overturn Georgia's election results, have thus been thrust under a microscope of doubt and speculation.
Special Prosecutor Wade also moved to shut down the subpoenas against him, decrying them as overreaching and intimidatory. Roman, who has pleaded not guilty to the serious charges against him, including a violation of Georgia's RICO Act, remains a key figure in this unfolding legal drama. Whether or not testimonies from the likes of Willis, Wade, or others subpoenaed will go forth could reset the stage for this already dramatic investigation into alleged political tampering in Georgia.