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Prosecutor In Trump GA Election Case Avoids Divorce Testimony

The special prosecutor leading the election interference case against former President Donald J. Trump will not have to testify this week about an alleged romantic relationship with his boss, Fani T. Willis, the Fulton County district attorney, after reaching a temporary agreement in his divorce case on Tuesday, The New York Times reports. The agreement between the special prosecutor, Nathan J. Wade, and his wife, Joycelyn Wade, leaves unanswered for the time being a question that has created potential peril for Willis’s high-profile prosecution of Trump and 14 of his allies. Willis hired Wade, a lawyer in private practice, in 2021 to help run the Trump case, saying that she needed a trustworthy confidant for the job. But a filing three weeks ago from one of Trump’s co-defendants, Michael Roman, claimed that the two prosecutors were romantically involved and had taken vacations paid for by Wade. Roman argues that this amounts to a conflict of interest, and is grounds for removing both prosecutors, as well as Willis’s entire office, from the case.

So far, neither Wade nor Willis have confirmed or denied the allegations of a relationship. But in recent days, it seemed increasingly likely that Wade would be forced to address the claims at a divorce hearing on Wednesday, where he was expected to take the stand. The hearing was scuttled at the last minute, with an agreement announced by the judge on Tuesday afternoon. “We can confirm that this is a temporary agreement in place while the final details are worked out,” said a spokeswoman for Andrea Dyer Hastings, Ms. Wade’s divorce lawyer. Hastings further explained on Tuesday evening that “while this negates the immediate need for a hearing, it does not settle the case.” Willis herself has until Friday to respond to Roman’s filing. It is not clear whether she will address the relationship allegations in her response. The filing from Roman, a former Trump campaign staff member, did not offer proof of the romantic relationship between the prosecutors. But it said that they had been seen “in a personal relationship capacity” around Atlanta, and claimed that people close to both of them had confirmed it.


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