In a provocative monologue, Fox News host Jesse Watters called into question the professional and financial dealings between Fani Willis, the Fulton County District Attorney, and lawyer Nathan Wade, who is alleged to be her romantic partner.
Watters’ critique was peppered with direct quotes from Willis, pointing towards conflicts of interest and financial anomalies. “Fani Willis’ lover boy, Nathan Wade, might be the hardest-working lawyer in America,” Watters joked.
He then immediately raised concerns over Wade’s billing practices, suggesting improbability and impropriety: “Nathan allegedly billed taxpayers for 24 hours of work on the Trump Georgia case. In a single day.”
Willis has been accused of hiring a private lawyer she was in a ‘romantic’ relationship with to prosecute Trump. The charges are included in a filing by Mike Roman, a former Trump campaign staffer accused of participating in the ‘fake electors’ plan as one of 18 persons indicted in the state with Trump.
Willis was 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 according to public court documents.
A representative from the District Attorney’s office previously had indicated that their response to the accusations would be made “through appropriate court filings.”
Watters went on to challenge Willis’ defense of the payment structure, using her own words against her: “False Fani, we have the docs. You’re paying Loverboy a half a million more than the other prosecutors and he’s billing a hundred dollars more an hour.”
Watters responded to insinuations of racial bias by saying, “Is it that someone will never see a black man as qualified, no matter his achievements? What more can one achieve? Well, the race card isn’t going to get you out of this one, Fani.”
In a concluding and cutting remark, Watters alluded to ethical concerns: “Nathan Wade admitted to destroying documents in a previous case. So maybe Fani’s right. Maybe her lover is perfectly qualified for the Trump case.”
Steve Sadow, a lawyer for Trump, has mentioned that Trump’s defense team was contemplating supporting the motion related to what he termed the “salacious and scandalous” accusations. However, they intended to first gain a “better understanding or substantiation” of these claims, acknowledging that they currently lack evidence to back them.
Sadow explained, “I don’t have a factual background that I can state to the court that supports that at this point. I’m leery of moving to adopt motions that make such allegations without having a better understanding or substantiation of the allegations.”
Willis has received a subpoena in relation to Wade’s divorce proceedings. 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.
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 claimed that documents in the sealed divorce case would substantiate Roman’s claims and requested the judge order them to be unsealed.