The office of Fani Willis, the District Attorney involved in the high-profile RICO case, admitted during a court hearing that it had received two letters from the Biden White House counsel. The admission was made in hearing for Jeff Clark, who is implicated in the case.
During the hearing, the DA’s office clarified that the communications with the White House Counsel’s Office were focused on logistics and procedures, specifically inquiring if there was a process akin to TUI (Temporary Underlying Issue) in place. This communication was allegedly not aimed at obtaining evidence.
The Judge then called for both letters to be filed under seal for an in camera review in his chambers. The decision emerges as concerns are raised about potential coordination and political motivations behind the case. The judge noted that the concerns, though speculative at this stage, warrant a closer examination.
The revelation that the DA’s office had written correspondence with the White House Counsel has introduced a new dimension to the case. It was confirmed that the letters dealt with procedures related to interviewing former or current White House officials. The admission continues to raise questions about the nature of the relationship between the DA’s office and the White House.
Clark wants White House correspondence as part of selective prosecution defense.
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) January 25, 2024
Michael Roman’s attorney, a co-defendant in the case involving Donald Trump, has also submitted a motion alleging a romantic relationship between Fani Willis and lead prosecutor Nathan Wade. The accusation suggests that the relationship may have influenced Willis’ decisions, such as appointing Wade despite his relative inexperience in complex criminal cases and the monetary benefits derived from the prosecution’s fees.
The claims also encompass potential violations of the honest-services fraud statute at the federal level, prompting demands for a more comprehensive and direct response from Willis. Willis has faced criticism for her approach to the allegations, and her recent response during a church appearance was perceived as avoiding the issue.
Superior Court Judge in Georgia, Scott McAfee, has scheduled the hearing on Feb. 15 to examine the allegations against Willis and her chief prosecutor.
Willis was allegedly in a personal relationship with Wade, who was paid more than $600,000 as a special prosecutor aiding her office’s extensive investigation of Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, which seeks the dismissal of charges against him.
“So obviously my plan with this was to allow the state an opportunity to respond before setting a hearing date,” Judge McAfee said on Friday. “Early February would be the soonest that would happen.” A representative from the District Attorney’s office previously indicated that their response to the accusations would be made “through appropriate court filings.”
According to court documents, “sources close to both the special prosecutor and the district attorney have confirmed they had an ongoing, personal relationship.”
Willis received a subpoena in relation to Wade’s divorce proceedings, as per a court document from a different lawsuit. The subpoena, sought by Wade’s wife Joycelyn Wade, was left with Willis’ executive assistant. A Willis spokesperson declined to comment but said that a response to the subpoena would be forthcoming.
Trump has maintained his innocence in the case.