Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has been served with a subpoena to testify in her colleague’s divorce proceeding, an ominous sign that investigators have reason to believe she may have tainted her own case against former President Donald Trump amid allegations of an improper romantic relationship.
The Wall Street Journal reported that DA Willis received notice on Monday when a process server showed up at her Georgia office requesting she appear in the divorce proceedings of Nathan Wade, a lawyer she previously hired as a special prosecutor in the Trump case. The subpoena, sought by Wade’s wife Joycelyn Wade, was left with Willis’s executive assistant.
A Willis spokesperson declined to comment but said that a response to the subpoena would be forthcoming, though none has been reported publicly as of Wednesday morning.
Questions about DA Willis’s romantic escapades surfaced when a Trump co-defendant filed a motion to dismiss her office from their case, alleging an “improper, clandestine personal relationship during the pendency of this case.” Mike Roman, a former Trump campaign official, has been charged alongside President Trump and 16 others with attempting to subvert Georgia’s 2020 election results.
Ashleigh Merchant, an attorney for Roman, added that a relationship between Willis and Wade resulted “in the special prosecutor, and, in turn, the district attorney, profiting significantly from this prosecution at the expense of the taxpayers.” She claims that documents in the sealed divorce case would substantiate Roman’s claims and requested the judge order them to be unsealed.
In an interview Monday evening, Merchant said she had reviewed all meeting minutes by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, which is supposed to approve the hiring of special prosecutors. She claims she could not find an instance when DA Willis petitioned for the hiring of Wade.
Merchant’s filings stunned the Atlanta legal community and quickly gained national traction, putting DA Willis — a previously unknown progressive prosecutors — under the white hot lights of the national stage. Her racketeering case, now before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee, may hinge on whether or not she lived up to the letter of the law in her personal life. She was previously alleged to have engaged in a romantic relationship with a former drug dealer later prosecuted by her office.
President Trump has maintained his innocence in the case while other co-defendants have sought plea deals in exchange for testimony against him.