Jonathan Turley, the George Washington University law professor who has served as a de facto thought leader in the multiple cases enveloping former President Donald Trump, believes an alleged romantic affair between Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and a subordinate would spell the end of her prosecutorial efforts.
Speaking on Fox News, Turley said Willis has a “very serious problem” if she indeed intertwined herself with Nathan Wade, a special prosecutor she hired to the tune of $700,000 per year in a multi-year investigation into alleged election interference by President Trump and 18 co-defendants.
“This is a very serious problem for her,” Turley said Monday night. “It may not ultimately make a huge difference in the prosecution. It may result in her removal, might actually result in a delay, but it won’t necessarily result in the dismissal of the case against Trump.”
When anchor John Roberts pointed out that Willis has vented her frustration that the only one of three special prosecutors who was targeted by conservatives happens to be Black, he and Turley couldn’t keep from stating the obvious.
“Maybe that’s because that’s the one that she allegedly had this romantic relationship with?” Roberts opined as Turley laughed.
“Yeah, she does leave that one detail out,” he replied with a smirk.
Earlier this month, one of the co-defendants in the case shook the Georgia legal landscape by requesting the Fulton County DA’s office be removed from his case, citing an improper relationship between Willis and Wade. An attorney for the defendant, Michael Roman, has asked a judge to unseal Wade’s ongoing divorce proceedings, stating his personal file contains revelations to back up their claim about Willis.
Days later, Willis used a bully pulpit to accuse conservatives of “racially motivated” attacks on her office though declined to refute allegations of a romantic relationship with Wade.
The Georgia prosecutor will have to contend with other challenges on her way to prosecuting Trump over allegations that he conspired with others to overturn the state’s 2020 election results. Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has filed a criminal complaint against Willis with the governor and attorney general accusing her of living large on taxpayer dollars with Wade. House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) has launched an inquiry into whether Willis coordinated her prosecution with Biden Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith, who is prosecuting Trump in a separate federal elections case.