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Fani Willis Under Fire: Can She Survive Calls To Remove Her From Trump Case?

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A co-defendant in the Georgia case against former President Donald Trump has filed a motion to disqualify District Attorney Fani Willis, citing alleged prosecutorial and forensic misconduct.

The motion follows claims of an improper relationship between the DA and a special prosecutor.

The co-defendant argues that Willis made prejudicial public statements and engaged in financial impropriety.

“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 said.

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

The motion requests an evidentiary hearing to present evidence for the court to consider removing Willis and her office from the case.

“The obvious intent of her remarks was to inject and infect the jury pool in Fulton County with unfounded allegations that anyone who dares question her or Mr. Wade’s conduct must have done so for racist purposes,” the filing read.

“As an attorney and, most importantly, a public prosecutor, her comments which directly affected the pending litigation were indefensible and reprehensible. These comments constitute prosecutorial, forensic misconduct and warrant her removal and that of her Office from the prosecution of this case,” the filing said.

The co-defendant’s lawyer emphasized the significance of the claims and their impact on the defendant’s life.

Attorney Craig A. Gillen noted that he “understands and appreciates that an evidentiary hearing regarding the District Attorney’s forensic misconduct and the financial aspects of District Attorney Willis and Mr. Wade’s personal relationship that create these disqualifying conflicts of interest is unseemly and an uncomfortable experience for all involved,” and “does not pursue these claims lightly.”

“But, as noted,” Gillen said, “District Attorney Willis and Mr. Wade are not victims here—these are all self-inflicted and completely avoidable errors in which the defense had no hand, but are of such significance that the defense has no choice but to put them before the Court.”

“His life has been upended by unwarranted and meritless charges filed by District Attorney Willis (that she does not have the legal authority or jurisdiction to pursue),” the filing reads.

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