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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has gotten herself into more hot water following a bombshell weekend court filing.
On the heels of reports that Willis and a special counsel she hired, Nathan Wade, were engaged in a sexual relationship and may have improperly spent taxpayer funds on themselves, the estranged wife of Wade submitted evidence to a court in Cobb County, Georgia, indicating he bought plane tickets for Willis so they could go on vacations together.
The Friday court filing contained evidence that the couple had taken trips to trips to Aruba, Miami and San Francisco, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Credit card statements presented in Joycelyn Wade’s divorce case revealed the purchase of two tickets from Atlanta to San Francisco, each priced at $817.80, the outlet noted.
Additionally, the statements showed various other charges, including payments totaling thousands of dollars to cruise lines and tour companies, although these expenses could not be linked to specific individuals, according to reports.
It isn’t clear whether Willis reimbursed Nathan Wade for the expenses and whether the two of them stayed in the same room.
These trips took place between 2022 and 2023, which was after Willis had appointed Nathan Wade as the special prosecutor in her racketeering case against former President Donald Trump.
“Since Plaintiff filed for divorce, he has taken trips to San Francisco and Napa Valley, to Florida and even gone on Caribbean cruises, enjoyed a trip to Belize, another to the country of Panama and even just last month took a trip to Australia,” the Friday filing said, NBC News reported.
BREAKING: District Attorney Fani Willis’ alleged romantic partner Nathan Wade paid for plane tickets to Miami and San Francisco in her name, bank statements contained in a Friday court filing made by Wade’s wife in their divorce case show. pic.twitter.com/hc4pC48Kdz
— Katelynn Richardson (@katesrichardson) January 19, 2024
“The evidence is clear that Ms. Willis was an intended travel partner for at least some of these trips as indicated by flights he purchased for her to accompany him,” the NBC report continued.
The Journal-Constitution described the “detailed credit card statements” filed by Joycelyn Wade as appearing to “bolster allegations of a romantic relationship between Nathan Wade and Willis.”
Joycelyn Wade’s attorneys have been pursuing Willis’s sworn testimony in the divorce case, contending that Willis possesses information about Nathan Wade’s financial matters. Willis has countered this by stating that she should not be compelled to testify since the Wade’s marriage is evidently terminated, rendering her testimony irrelevant.
The judge presiding over the RICO case she brought against Trump on election fraud charges last week ordered an investigation into her alleged misconduct, the Washington Post reported.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee said that Willis has until Feb. 2. To respond to the accusations.
This could force the district attorney to have to address the issue in televised court proceedings which could derail her case against Trump and his codefendants and could do significant damage to her political career.
Also, a Fulton County commissioner responded to the damning reports and is now conducting an investigation.
The Daily Caller reported Friday that County Commissioner Bob Ellis requested “Willis disclose information relating to her potential ‘misuse’ of county funds in her decision to appoint her alleged lover, Nathan Wade, as outside counsel in the case against former President Donald Trump.”
Bank statements, presented in a court filing on Friday, showed that Wade had acquired two airline tickets under Willis’ name, corroborating the claims made in a motion by a co-defendant of Trump. This motion asserted that she had benefited from the “lucrative” contract she had awarded Wade, which included trips to these destinations. Ellis emphasized that “all Fulton County citizens and taxpayers deserve clear and truthful answers” from Willis, who, he previously noted, has been somewhat uncooperative in responding to questions from commissioners, the outlet reported.
He noted further that it will “ultimately be decided in a court proceeding” whether information that is already public will serve to disqualify Willis from continuing to lead the prosecution against Trump, adding that “the average person likely concludes that something isn’t right with all of this.”