A new legal document filed on behalf of Mike Roman, a defendant who led election day operations for the 2020 Trump campaign, reveals that Fulton County, Ga., District Attorney Fani Willis hired Nathan Wade, her secret lover, to work as special prosecutor in the Georgia racketeering case against Donald Trump and 18 other defendants.
According to the filing, Willis and her secret lover “engaged in an improper, clandestine personal relationship during the pendency of this case, which has resulted in the special prosecutor, and, in turn, the district attorney, profiting significantly from this prosecution at the expense of the taxpayers.”
At the time when Willis hired him, Wade, a private attorney, was in the midst of a divorce. He is also said to have “little to no experience trying felony cases, much less complex RICO actions,” the 127-page filing explains, adding that the charges against Roman should be dropped and both Willis and Wade disqualified from any further participation in the case.
Not only is Wade unqualified for the position Willis gave him, but Willis was also paying him a “steep premium,” to quote one media source, of $250 per hour, which is much higher than what Willis pays other prosecutors in her office, according to the same filing.
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Fani Willis broke the law, and so did her lover
“Fanigate,” as some media sources are now calling it, resulted in Wade raking in at least $653,000 and as much as $1 million handling the case. Using this money, Wade and Willis took multiple vacations together, including trips to Florida, the Caribbean and Napa Valley, Calif. Wade also reportedly purchased tickets for the pair to travel on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruise ships.
Not only did Wade take in a cool $250 an hour to handle the Trump case, he also billed Fulton County for thousands of dollars in air travel and hotel stays, this according to invoices that were attached to the filing. Wade categorized these billings as interview and research trips.
Even worse is the claim that Willis contracted with Wade apart from proper approval. Had Willis done things legally in the right way, Wade’s appointment would have been voted on by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.
Ashleigh Merchant, Roman’s lawyer, told The Wall Street Journal that her search of board meeting minutes pulled up no trace of evidence that Wade’s appointment was ever even discussed, let alone voted upon as the law requires.
Interestingly, Wade filed for divorce from his wife on the very same day his contract with Willis began. The divorce is still pending as of this writing, and Wade managed to successfully seal the proceedings, at least for now. Merchant, meanwhile, is requesting that they be unsealed.
“On the day before Wade filed for divorce, [Willis] entered into an agreement to pay Wade far above what any other prosecutor in her office was being paid, and she hid this agreement from Fulton County, despite Wade being the single biggest expenditure in her office for professional service contractors for both 2022 and 2023,” the new filing explains.
“Wade is being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to prosecute this case on her behalf. In turn, Wade is taking Willis on, and paying for vacations across the world with money he is being paid by the Fulton County taxpayers and authorized solely by Willis.”
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