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Fani Willis, Prosecutor for Trump Election Case, Wins Primary

Fani Willis, the prosecutor in the Georgia election interference case against Donald Trump, won renomination in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Willis, the Fulton County district attorney, easily defeated her opponent, Democrat Christian Wise Smith. In November, Willis is now set to face Republican lawyer Courtney Kramer, who interned in the Trump White House. Willis is still considered the heavy favorite for the general election in Fulton County, which includes Atlanta.

Last year, Willis brought charges against Trump for his role in trying to overturn the 2020 election results, as well as co-conspirators, which include Georgia GOP state legislators and the former head of the state Republican Party. The case stalled after a public filing in January alleged an affair between Willis and Nathan Wade, an outside attorney whom Willis hired under contract. An Atlanta judge ordered in March that Willis could stay on the election interference case if Wade was removed from the team — and within hours of the ruling, Wade offered his resignation. The state Court of Appeals this month agreed to review an appeal from Trump after the judge ruled that Willis could stay on the criminal case. The appeals court is expected to take several months to rule on Trump’s request to review the judge’s decision not to remove Willis, further delaying any criminal trial.


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