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By Mae Slater on
 February 24, 2024

Records show Nathan Wade and Fani Willis' relationship likely started before hiring

A series of visits by Nathan Wade to the neighborhood of Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis before his employment has cast a shadow of doubt over a significant legal battle involving former President Trump.

The intricate weave of personal and professional ties between Wade and Willis, set against the backdrop of a high-profile case, raises pivotal questions about the fairness and integrity of the judicial process.

Fox News reported that it has emerged that Nathan Wade made at least 35 visits to the vicinity of Fani Willis’ residence prior to his official hiring. This information, brought to light in a filing by the attorney of former President Trump on Friday, starkly contrasts with Wade's previous testimony, where he claimed no more than 10 visits before his November 2021 employment.

Dissecting the Timeline of Events

Wade's role was to assist in prosecuting a racketeering case against Trump, a task for which he was brought on board in 2021. Yet, both he and Willis have stated that their relationship did not begin until early 2022, a timeline that has become a focal point of contention.

The allegations extend beyond mere visits. Michael Roman, a co-defendant in the Trump case, has accused Willis of harboring a conflict of interest. He suggests that Willis' personal relationship with Wade, potentially laden with financial incentives, undermines the case's credibility.

Cellphone Data and Late-Night Visits

Further complicating matters, cellphone data has revealed that Wade made late-night visits to Willis' apartment on at least two occasions, extending until the following morning. Despite this, both Wade and Willis have testified that they did not share the condo overnight.

"We are required to respond to the filing via the court, and we are preparing a response now," a spokesperson for Willis stated, indicating an upcoming rebuttal to these allegations.

Over 14,000 Communications Between Willis and Wade

An affidavit unveiled on Friday provides a quantitative look into the communication between Willis and Wade, showing over 2,000 phone calls and nearly 12,000 text messages exchanged in the first 11 months of 2021. This extensive communication further muddies the waters around the nature of their relationship and its timing.

Judge Scott McAfee now bears the responsibility of deciding whether this affidavit and the associated cellphone data will be admitted as evidence. The outcome of this decision could significantly impact the trajectory of the case against Trump.

A Spokesperson's Response Awaited

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that a spokesperson for Willis is in the process of preparing a formal response to the Friday filing. This response is eagerly awaited by many, as it promises to address the swirling allegations and potentially clarify the nature of the relationship between Willis and Wade.

In conclusion, this unfolding story encapsulates a complex blend of personal connections, legal challenges, and public scrutiny. At its core, the controversy revolves around the timing and frequency of Nathan Wade's visits to the neighborhood of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis before his hiring, the nature of their relationship, and its implications for a high-profile case against former President Trump.

  • The discrepancy in accounts regarding the number of visits and the timeline of Willis and Wade's relationship.
  • Allegations of a conflict of interest and financial benefits arising from Wade's hiring.
  • Cellphone data revealing extensive communication and late-night visits between Willis and Wade.
  • The ongoing judicial decision regarding the admission of evidence related to these allegations.

Ultimately, this behavior from Willis and Wade could completely undermine the indictment against Trump, something Democrats were hoping would help them in November's election.

Written By:
Mae Slater

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