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Fani Willis Disqualification Hearing Begins Today, Feb. 15

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Follow this thread for updates on the hearing to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from Trump’s RICO case.

The evidentiary hearing begins Thursday morning, Feb. 15.
Hearing the arguments is Superior Court Judge Scott F. McAfee.

According to reports, Judge McAfee previously worked for Willis for four years.

Last week, Judge McAfee denied Willis’ request to cancel the hearing.

“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,” he wrote.

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The judge will decide whether Willis used taxpayer dollars to finance her romantic relationship with her top prosecutor, Nathan Wade.

Both Willis and Wade admitted they were involved in a “personal relationship” which began in 2022 – after he was appointed special prosecutor in November 2021.

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But Ashleigh Merchant, attorney for Michael Roman, says she can prove they began dating before Willis was elected district attorney.

The first witness to take the stand today will likely be Wade’s former law partner, Terrance Bradley.

Merchant alleges that Wade told Bradley of his friendship with Willis.

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Bradley is expected to testify under oath that Willis and Wade’s relationship began before she was sworn in as district attorney, and while Wade was still married.

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Wade filed for divorce from his wife the day after Willis appointed him to prosecute Trump.

In last minute court filings, attorneys for Willis and Wade attempted to exclude Bradley’s testimony in court.

The attorneys accused the defense of “foisting” Bradley’s alleged testimony on the eve of the hearing, “which precludes the State from adequately preparing for this expert witness.”

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Merchant claims Bradley also has personal knowledge that Wade and Willis stayed together at her East Point apartment until Willis’ father moved into the property in 2020.

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Merchant also alleges that Willis and Wade then began staying together at a leased Fulton County “safe house.”

She says they lived at both properties together.

Another witness who attempted to quash her subpoena to appear in court is Willis’ friend Robin Yeartie.

Robin Yeartie is a former DA’s office employee and ex-roommate of the district attorney.

Yeartie claims she has no knowledge of Willis’ romantic relationships, despite living with Willis in her East Point apartment.

Yeartie lost her job at the DA’s office and moved out of the East Point apartment before Wade moved in.

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Fulton County taxpayers paid Wade’s law firm nearly $1 million for his work on Trump’s RICO case between 2022 and 2023.

Financial documents obtained by Merchant shows Wade spent thousands of dollars on trips to Aruba, Miami, and Napa Valley for himself and Willis.

The trips include travel to the Bahamas at the end of 2022 and a March 2023 trip to Belize.

Wade allegedly spent nearly $3,700 for flights, the cruise, jeep rental and other expenses for the Bahamas trip.

Trump and at least 9 co-defendants asked the judge to toss out the RICO case. But legal experts say that’s not likely to happen.




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