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Fulton County Ethics Board Reverses Stance Completely on Fani Willis Complaints

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The Fulton County Board of Ethics scrapped plans to hear complaints filed against District Attorney Fani Willis, finding it lacked jurisdiction over a state constitutional officer.

The complaints centered on allegations Willis had an improper relationship with special counsel Nathan Wade, whom she hired to help prosecute claims of election interference by former President Trump.

While a state judge weighs whether the alleged affair creates a conflict requiring Willis’ removal, and a state Senate committee investigates, two individuals – Gregory Mantell and Steven Kramer – had filed separate ethics complaints with the county in January and February.

However, the board chairman said only county officers and employees fell under their ethics code, not Willis as a state official.

“The Fulton County Code of Ethics, our code of ethics, only applies to county officers and employees,” Chairman Daraka Satcher said.

As the board lacks authority, Willis will face no penalty, though the other investigations could still result in her disqualification from the Trump case.

“The extra resources and financial costs for the court and the district attorney’s office, both paid for by Fulton County taxpayers like me, are to deal with this improper relationship,” Kramer wrote.

The decision means the complaints will likely proceed through the state ethics process instead.

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