Court Sets Date for Trump’s Appeal to Disqualify Fani Willis from Georgia Case

President Donald Trump’s appeal to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from her case in Georgia will be heard before the November election.

The Georgia Court of Appeals has tentatively scheduled a hearing date of October 4.

The appeal was brought by Trump and his co-defendants and seeks to have the embattled Democrat prosecutor pulled from the politically motivated case.

In a statement,  Trump’s lawyer Steve Sadow said:

“President Trump’s interlocutory appeal was docketed today in the Georgia Court of Appeals, and oral argument is tentatively scheduled for October 4, 2024.

“We look forward to presenting arguments before Judges Brown, Markel, and Land on why this case should be dismissed and Fulton County DA Willis should be disqualified for the trial court’s acknowledged ‘odor of mendacity’ misconduct in violation of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct.”

Judge Brown replaced Judge P.J. Miller after the latter recused herself.

The date is tentative, subject to motions from the parties agreeing on the date.

Oct. 4 is roughly a month out from the presidential election.

The timing would nullify Willis’s aim to have the sweeping racketeering case against the 45th president go to trial before the election.

In March, Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee ordered that either Willis or her lover, special prosecutor Nathan Wade, must step down from the case.

Wade agreed to leave the case, allowing Willis to remain.

The judge’s order protected Willis from disqualification in the Trump election interference case in Georgia.

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Trump and several co-defendants alleged Willis and Wade were romantically involved prior to his hiring.

She is also accused of financially benefiting, with taxpayer money, from the relationship.

Both Willis and Wade denied those allegations.

McAfee allowed the defense to appeal his ruling.

The appeals court announced last month that they will hear the defense’s case to still have Willis disqualified.

McAfee’s ruling in March said that the defendants “failed to meet their burden of proving that the District Attorney acquired an actual conflict of interest in this case through her personal relationship and recurring travels with her lead prosecutor.”

“However, the established record now highlights a significant appearance of impropriety that infects the current structure of the prosecution team — an appearance that must be removed through the State’s selection of one of two options,” he wrote.

The judge added that Willis and her whole office could choose to step aside, or Wade could withdraw from the case.

Wade subsequently resigned from his post as special prosecutor.

Both Wade and Willis denied they were in a romantic relationship prior to his hiring and that the couple would split the costs of their shared travels.

Willis claimed she reimbursed Wade for her share of the trips in cash but couldn’t provide any evidence to support the alleged payments.

In his March order, McAfee said while Willis’ “reimbursement practice” was “unusual and the lack of any documentary corroboration understandably concerning,” he ultimately decided that the defendants did not present “sufficient evidence” that expenses weren’t “roughly divided evenly.”

He also said that “the evidence demonstrated that the financial gain flowing from her relationship with Wade was not a motivating factor on the part of the District Attorney to indict and prosecute this case.”

In February, Judge McAfee held a two-day evidentiary hearing where the defense, led by attorney Ashley Merchant, set out to expose a money trail that would mean Willis has a conflict of interest in the case against Trump and should be disqualified.

“[T]he Court finds that the record made at the evidentiary hearing established that the District Attorney’s prosecution is encumbered by an appearance of impropriety,” McAfee wrote in his order.

“As the case moves forward, reasonable members of the public could easily be left to wonder whether the financial exchanges have continued resulting in some form of benefit to the District Attorney, or even whether the romantic relationship has resumed.”

“Put differently, an outsider could reasonably think that the District Attorney is not exercising her independent professional judgment totally free of any compromising influences,” he said.

“As long as Wade remains on the case, this unnecessary perception will persist.”

Both Willis and Wade insisted that their relationship started in 2022, after Wade was hired.

However, these claims were contradicted by testimony from Robin Yeartie, a former “good friend” of Willis and a past employee at the DA’s office.

Yeartie said she had “no doubt” that Willis and Wade’s relationship started in 2019 after the two met at a conference.

When the defense in March submitted a joint motion for a Certificate of Immediate Review, McAfee said that his Order on the Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss and Disqualify the Fulton County District Attorney issued March 15 “is of such importance to the case that immediate review should be had” and allowed the defendants to ask the Georgia appeals court for an opportunity to appeal.

The court granted the appeal last month.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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