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By Sarah May on
 March 26, 2024

Marjorie Taylor Greene files complaint requesting Fani Willis's disbarment

While it is true that a Georgia judge recently ruled that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis could remain involved in the election interference case against former President Donald Trump, she could well have another series of professional hurdles ahead of her.

As the Daily Mail reports, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has lodged a complaint with the State Bar of Georgia seeking Willis's disbarment over her questionable – and arguably unethical – relationship with Nathan Wade, the now-former special prosecutor she appointed to assist with the Trump case.

Corruption claimed

The firebrand lawmaker took to social media to articulate the reasons for her actions, declaring her hope that Willis would face disbarment “for her corrupt actions.”

Elaborating on the rationale underlying her position, Greene said that Willis should lose her license to practice law immediately and that she “should've been removed from her political persecution of President Trump after it was revealed she went on lavish vacations with her lover Nathan Wade.”

Describing Wade, Greene wrote, “The lover she paid HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of dollars!” adding of Willis, “Unfit to serve!”

Ruling prompts request

Process-wise, Greene has formally requested that the State Bar of Georgia begin proceedings designed to facilitate “an investigation of Fani Willis, her suspension, and her disbarment.”

Presumably, the congresswoman's move was borne out of frustration with the recent decision of Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee in which Willis was not disqualified from continuing in her role leading the prosecution of Trump and a host of co-defendants, provided Wade stepped aside, which he did almost immediately.

While Greene clearly took issue with that particular part of McAfee's ruling, she also expressed exasperation over the fact that the judge did not make any formal finding of perjury with regard to Willis' in-court testimony regarding the precise nature and timing of her affair with Wade.

What happens next?

While anyone at all has the power to file a complaint with the State Bar of Georgia such as the one initiated by Greene, the fact that a member of the House of Representatives did so in this case is particularly noteworthy.

Though the initiation of the complaint itself has made headlines, the public at large may not be made aware anytime soon whether the professional disciplinary body takes things to the next level and moves the matter to a full-blown probe or dismisses the complaint in its entirety.

Whether Willis is ultimately subjected to any form of public discipline will be determined by the state Supreme Court.

Not just Greene, not just Willis

Willis has drawn requests for disciplinary action not just from Greene but is also the subject of a request for investigation filed by the American Accountability Foundation (AAF), which asked the State Bar of Georgia to look into what it believes is the D.A.'s admission of having retained campaign funds for personal use.

Willis is not the only major player in this entire drama to face this type of request for potential professional discipline, as Fox News reported.

The AAF has also initiated a request for investigation and or possible disciplinary sanctions into Wade over his relationship with Willis, arguing that he gave false testimony during the district attorney's disqualification hearing, but whether either of the two embattled lawyers are in any real danger of losing their law licenses is something that remains to be seen.

Written By:
Sarah May

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