Recent revelations surrounding Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis have intensified her controversy.
Documents obtained by the Daily Caller have brought to light that Willis paid Nathan Wade, her alleged romantic partner, a significantly higher hourly rate for work on the racketeering case against former President Donald Trump compared to John Floyd, a recognized expert on RICO statutes in Georgia.
Floyd, known for his extensive knowledge and experience in the field, was contracted at a rate of $150 per hour, whereas Wade, appointed as a special prosecutor, was compensated at $250 per hour.
In response to the allegations, Willis has defended her decision, asserting that all special counsels in the Trump case were paid the same rate. She also suggested that the criticisms directed at Wade were racially motivated.
The professional services agreement between the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and John Floyd, which outlined Floyd’s engagement terms and compensation, corroborates the reported financial arrangements and adds to the controversy.
The Fulton Country district attorney is prosecuting Trump and 17 other individuals with racketeering charges alleging they attempted to overturn the state’s 2020 election results.
Filings by Wade’s wife in the divorce case accuse him of hiding his $700,000 income from her, leaving their joint bank account “routinely overdrawn” despite “the clear inequity in financial circumstances.” The wife has been a stay-at-home mom for 20 years and relied on Wade at that time for financial support.
Wade filed for divorce from his wife one day after beginning his work for DA Willis, according to court filings. By February 2022, three months later, Wade requested that his divorce records be sealed from the public.
Michael Roman, a Trump co-defendant and former campaign official, has asked the presiding judge to dismiss the Fulton County prosecutors because they are romantically linked, irreparably taint the case. In a filing from last Monday, an attorney for Roman did not cite hard evidence of the relationship but referenced “sources close to both the special prosecutor and the district attorney” and requested the unsealing of the divorce records.
Since indicting Trump and his colleagues in August of last year, DA Willis has been forced to contend with probes on multiple fronts into whether her prosecution is politically motivated. Critics immediately pointed to a revamped campaign website Willis launched for herself just days before announcing the charges, and Trump himself has alleged that she was previously romantically involved with a gang leader she later prosecuted.
House Oversight Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) has demanded to know whether Willis illegally coordinated her prosecution with Biden Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith. Earlier last week, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) filed a criminal conduct complaint with the Georgia governor and attorney general, alleging DA Willis abused the powers of her office by hiring a romantic partner to support her case against Trump.
On Sunday Willis addressed allegations that she was sleeping with the special prosecutor she appointed to investigate. She spoke to churchgoers at Big Bethel AME, in her first public remarks since news of the scandal.
Willis appeared to defend the hiring of Wade. Without mentioning him by name, the Fulton County DA claimed that she hired all three special prosecutors to work on the case and paid them all the same hourly rate.
“Lord, your flawed, hard-headed, and imperfect child, I’m a little confused. I appointed three special counselors. Is my right to do? Paid them all the same hourly rate? They only each had one,” she said. “I hired one white woman, a good personal friend and great lawyer. A superstar, I tell you. I hired one white man, brilliant, my friend, and a great lawyer. And I hired one black man, another superstar, a great friend, and a great lawyer.”
Willis went on to insinuate that Wade is only being criticized because he is black, a common theme throughout her remarks.
“Isn’t it them playing the race card when they constantly think I need someone from some other jurisdiction in some other state to tell me how to do a job I’ve been doing almost 30 years.”
“How come God, the same black man I hired, was acceptable when a Republican in another county hired him and paid him twice the rate? Oh y’all didn’t hear me. Another county, the elected official, has the authority to pay him twice the rate. Why is the white male Republican’s judgment good enough, but the black female Democrats’ not?”
“You cannot expect black women to be perfect and save the world,” Willis went on to say. “The Lord is completing us. We are not perfect. We need your prayers. We need to be allowed to stumble. We need grace. With that kind of support, we will move mountains and do Jesus’ will, stumbling all the way.”