Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee said that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis may be disqualified from the Trump RICO case.
“I think it’s clear that disqualification can occur if evidence is produced demonstrating an actual conflict or the appearance of one,” McAfee said during a hearing.
“The state has admitted a relationship existed. And so what remains to be proven is the existence and extent of any financial benefit, again if there even was one. And 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.”
“I think the issues at point here are whether a relationship existed, whether that relationship was romantic or non-romantic in nature, when it formed, and whether it continues,” Judge McAfee explained, according to The Hill. “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.”
Willis previously admitted in a court filing to having a “personal relationship” with prosecutor Nathan Wade.
She wrote, “To be absolutely clear, the personal relationship between Special Prosecutor Wade and District Attorney Willis has never involved direct or indirect financial benefit to District Attorney Willis.”
Wade also noted in the filing that he and Willis had a “personal relationship.”
“In 2022, District Attorney Willis and I developed a personal relationship in addition to our professional association and friendship,” the document details.