During a recent public comment session, a Fulton County resident laid into District Attorney Fani Willis over her “gross mismanagement of taxpayers’ dollars.” He also accused Willis of election interference in the fiery statement.
Willis has found herself embroiled in a scandal due to an alleged affair she had with Nathan Wade, a lawyer who was appointed as special counsel in the investigation into former President Donald Trump. According to court filings disclosed as part of Wade’s divorce proceedings, Willis paid Wade upwards of $700,000 in taxpayer funds for his work on the case.
The Fulton County DA could find herself dealing with her own legal trouble in the near future, as Senate Republicans in Georgia have launched a wide-reaching investigation with subpoena power.
Earlier this week, Fulton County resident Derek Blassingame addressed county commissioners and said he was “done” with Fulton County, citing Willis’ conduct.
“Some of you have made the comment this morning on my way here that he’s done, he’s through, it’s over. Well, I want to let you know that Derek Blassingame, I’m done with Fulton County fumbling our elections,” Blassingame said. “I’m disgusted at the information that is coming out of the district attorney’s office as a taxpayer. I am done with most of your silence at the DA’s apparent love affair with the special prosecutor and gross mismanagement of taxpayers’ dollars to pursue what appears to be a frivolous lawsuit based off of partisan politics.”
Blassingame went on to accuse Willis of meddling in the 2024 election and demanded a full audit of her investigation. “The DA appears to be trying to protect past elections but upon information of belief she’s trying to interfere with future elections by trying to convict a candidate before the general election. I’m requesting a financial audit to be done by the county auditor of the district attorney’s office immediately,” he said.
Willis has not denied the allegations levied against her, though she has disputed the claim that she paid Wade more than his services were worth. She has instead portrayed backlash over the scandal against her and Wade as racial discrimination.