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Experts Debate Willis’ Role in Trump Investigation

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The chief prosecutor in Georgia, Fani Willis, involved in the racketeering case against former President Trump, has been accused of having an affair with a lawyer she hired, raising concerns about her legal standing.

The lawyer, Nathan Wade, allegedly billed taxpayers excessively and engaged in improper billing practices.

While these allegations could affect public perception, legal experts suggest they may not automatically dismiss Trump’s legal troubles.

“Her alleged romantic relationship with Wade, which pre-existed her appointing him, is totally improper if it is true,” constitutional law expert John Shu stated.

“It raises the serious question as to why Willis needed to appoint Wade as another special prosecutor and supposed RICO expert when she already had hired Georgia’s most prominent RICO expert, John Floyd, in March of 2021,” he added.

Shu noted that “unless the people of Fulton County clamor for their recusal” he doesn’t expect to see them “voluntarily recusing themselves from the case because it would look like they’re admitting wrongdoing.”

“Hiring one’s romantic partner and knowingly paying his alleged fake bills, however, likely would be considered cheating the county, especially because he is not a RICO expert. Also, Wade would be in hot water if, as alleged, he overbilled fake billable hours and got paid for them,” Shu added.

“They only attacked one,” Willis said. “First thing they say, ‘Oh, she’s gonna play the race card now.’”

“But no God, isn’t it them that’s playing the race card when they only question one,” Willis pressed.

“You cannot expect Black women to be perfect and save the world,” Willis added, saying, “we need to be allowed to stumble. We need grace.”

The potential remedies include substituting prosecutors or moving the case to a different district.

There are doubts about the validity of the racketeering case, and the involvement of Willis and Wade in the case is seen as questionable in the public interest.

“The most obvious is the substitution of the prosecutors. It can also include the removal of the case to a different district. It is rare for the court to treat the underlying criminal case as legally invalid due to the misconduct of the prosecutors,” George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said.

“I think it would be foolish to count on a dismissal of the case based on these allegations. I think it is more reasonable to expect a delay and a possible substitution of prosecutors on the case,” he added.

“Willis is viewed as a highly political district attorney who relished the opportunity to charged Donald Trump.”

“I think many prosecutors would have balked at making this type of racketeering case. I think it is a case of overreach. That’s not to say that the case itself is without foundation. Many of these defendants are facing credible charges. It’s the attempt to link all of these parties into an overarching racketeering conspiracy that has left many of us skeptical,” he added.

“So the question is, would another prosecutor in good faith move forward on the racketeering claim.”

“I can’t imagine how the continued role of either Willis or wade in this case would advance the public interest,” he said.

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