Fani Willis Scandal Prompts Mills' Bill Targeting 'Inappropriate Relationships'

Fani Willis Scandal Prompts Mills' Bill Targeting 'Inappropriate Relationships'

Mateo Guillamont
Mateo Guillamont
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February 8, 2024

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis recently acknowledged her “personal relationship” with the special prosecutor she hired in her prosecution of former President Donald Trump.

District Attorney Willis hired special prosecutor Nathan Wade in November 2021 despite Wade’s reportedly scant prosecutorial experience. 

Wade was appointed by Willis to lead her team of lawyers in bringing an election interference case against President Trump in Georgia. 

Conservatives consider Willis’ latest announcement as another sign demonstrating Willis’ case against President Trump was flawed from the outset. 

US Representative Cory Mills (R-FL) responded to Willis’ acknowledgement by drafting the Against Federal Funds for Allowing Inappropriate Relationships Act (AFFAIR). 

The AFFAIR Act would prohibit federal funding for any state or local chief prosecutor office with individuals who have been convicted in engaging in corruption or any other unlawful activity. 

Representative Mills extrapolated Willis’ personal relationship with Wade to suggesting her case against Trump was an example of ‘lawfare’.

“Not only was Fani Willis’ relationship with Nathan Wade extremely inappropriate and creates concerns around a conflict of interest, but it also potentially shows violations of bias against political opposition, and lawfare for election interference,” said Mills via X. 

Allegations of Willis’ relationship with Wade first emerged in January. 

Since then, Mills has actively sought to investigate the situation. Mills sent a letter to the Georgia State Bar General Counsel Paula Frederick requesting a review of the situation. 

Mills wrote, “Reports of an ongoing affair and improper sexual relationship between District Attorney Willis and Special Prosecutor Wade…(are) extremely inappropriate… (and) would also give rise to possible violations of bias, conflict of interest, and potential kickbacks.”

Furthermore, Mills questioned Wade’s qualifications as he has never tried a federal RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization) case – the charge brought against Trump.

 It is a requirement under Fulton County’s standard to defend anyone with RICO charges to have tried at least two prior RICO cases.

Various Trump co-defendants have requested Willis and Wade be removed from the case against them. 

Willis’s office has described these requests as “ill-conceived” and based on “reckless accusations.”

 

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Mateo Guillamont

Mateo Guillamont

Mateo is a Miami-based political reporter covering national and local politics

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