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Legal Battle Intensifies Against Embattled Trump DA

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The Georgia state judge confirmed an evidentiary hearing to address allegations of an improper affair involving District Attorney Fani Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade.

The judge emphasized the need for the hearing to establish the facts surrounding the alleged conflict of interest, particularly regarding financial benefits.

“Specifically looking at defendant Roman’s motion, it alleges a personal relationship that resulted in a financial benefit to the district attorney. And that is no longer a matter of complete speculation. The state has admitted a relationship existed. And so, what remains to be proven is the existence and extent of any financial benefit,” a Georgia state judge said.

Willis admitted to a personal relationship with Wade but denied any conflict of interest, arguing that the allegations lack merit and do not impact prosecutorial decisions.

“So, because I think it’s possible that the facts alleged by the defendant could result in disqualification, I think an evidentiary hearing must occur to establish the record on those core allegations,” the judge said.

Judge Scott McAfee noted that the issues “at point” are “whether a relationship existed, whether that relationship was romantic or non-romantic in nature, when it formed and whether it continues. And that’s only relevant because it’s in combination with the question of the existence and extent of any personal benefit conveyed as a result of their relationship.”

The hearing, scheduled for Thursday, will involve testimony from various individuals, including Wade’s former law partner and Willis’ father.

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