Wade Resigns as Trump Struggles to Pay a Half-Billion Bond

Mateo Guillamont
Mateo Guillamont
March 19, 2024

Special Prosecutor Nathan Wade recently resigned from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ election interference case against former President Donald Trump. 

The resignation follows Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee’s ruling that either District Attorney Willis or Special Prosecutor Wade step down from the case. 

Willis had recently acknowledged her “personal relationship” with Prosecutor Wade, whom she hired in her prosecution of President Trump.

After Willis' acknowledgment of her personal relationship with Wade, Various Trump co-defendants had requested both be removed from the case against them.

Judge McAfee ultimately ruled that, despite a lack of sufficient evidence demonstrating a conflict of interest between Willis and Wade, the couple must nonetheless part ways if the case is to continue. 

McAfee explained “the established record now highlights a significant appearance of impropriety that infects the current structure of the prosecution team.”

Wade’s resignation was offered via letter late last week. 

“I am offering my resignation in the interest of democracy, in dedication to the American public, and to move this case forward as quickly as possible,” reads the letter

Wade noted he was hopeful “justice will be served” despite his departure from the case. 

President Trump attacked Wade shortly after news emerged of the latter’s abandonment of the case, claiming he “resigned in disgrace.”

Trump is facing several civil and criminal legal battles in different states. 

Last month, Justice Arthur Engoron found Trump guilty of falsely valuating parts of his real-estate empire for personal gain. 

A penalty of $355 million was imposed and a bond of $454 million set if Trump appeals the case, which his lawyers have signaled they intend on doing. 

However, Trump attorneys have explained they have not been able to agree with any bond-fronting companies to cover the bond. 

Trump has asked Judge Engoron waive the bond requirement while he appeals the case. 

If Engoron rejects Trump’s request, Trump’s assets could begin to be seized as early as next week. 

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Mateo Guillamont

Mateo Guillamont

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

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