Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis is accused of lying about the timing of her alleged “inappropriate” romantic relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade in a new lawsuit.
Michael Roman, one of the defendants in the Georgia election interference case against former President Trump, made this new allegation in a filing in Fulton County Superior Court on Friday. Roman’s lawyer, Ashley Merchant, told the court that Wade’s former law partner would testify that Wade and Willis began their relationship before she appointed him to prosecute Trump and his 18 co-defendants.
“Willis and Wade claim they did not have a personal romantic relationship before Willis appointed Wade as special prosecutor, but Terrence Bradley (“Bradley”) will refute that claim,” Merchant wrote.
Georgia attorney Terrence Bradley is a friend and former business partner of Wade, according to the filing. Merchant wrote that he would testify that the romantic relationship between Wade and Willis began before Willis was sworn in as Fulton County district attorney in January 2021.
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“Thus, Bradley can confirm that Willis contracted with Wade after Wade and Willis began a romantic relationship, thereby refuting Wade’s claim in his affidavit that they did not begin dating until 2022,” the filing states.
Roman, a Republican activist who worked on Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, asked the court to exclude Willis from the election case, claiming that her personal relationship with Wade created a conflict of interest.
In legal filings last month, Roman alleged that Wade billed Fulton County for 24 hours of work in one day in November 2021, shortly after she was appointed special prosecutor, and that Willis financially benefited from her alleged lover’s taxpayer-funded salary by taking it. Lavish vacations together on his dime.
Wade, who has no Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act or criminal prosecution experience, has billed taxpayers $654,000 since January 2022, according to court documents.
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Willis responded to the allegations in a lawsuit earlier this month and admitted to having a “personal” relationship with Wade but denied any conflict of interest. She also said that under Georgia law, for a prosecutor to be forcibly removed from a case, the conflict of interest must be harmful to the defendant’s case.
In the filing, Willis denied having a personal relationship with Wade at the time of his appointment to the Trump case in November 2021.
Roman’s lawyers claim that Bradley will “refute” the allegation. The filing states that Bradley learned about the case directly from Wade before Wade’s decision to file for divorce from his wife of 26 years.
“Bradley also has personal knowledge that Wade and Willis regularly resided together at her residence until Willis’ father moved into her residence sometime in 2020,” Merchant wrote.
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Roman also added new details to his claim that Wade spent thousands of dollars on vacations he took with Willis, including a Caribbean Sea Cruise to the Bahamas in October 2022; A trip to Aruba in November 2022; Norwegian New Year cruise from December 2022 to January 2023; A trip to Belize in March 2023; And vacation in Napa Valley in May 2023.
“If, as Bradley asserts, Willis and Wade had a romantic relationship before she took office, she likely provided Willis with gifts and other significant benefits,” the filing asserts.
“Of course, the State and Wade have now filed motions to quash Mr. Roman’s statutory subpoenas in an effort to prevent discovery of these facts.”
In her response last week, Willis claimed that she and Wade split travel expenses, but she only provided receipts for one trip from Atlanta to Miami.
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The new allegations come two days after Willis’ office filed a motion seeking to block Roman’s subpoenas for Willis, Wade and others to testify at a Feb. 15 evidentiary hearing presided over by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee.
Roman also alleges in the filing that Willis intentionally made statements to the media to “boost her public image” and “poison the jury” against Roman, echoing allegations made last week by fellow Trump defendant David Schieffer, a former Georgia GOP. Chairman and presidential elector of the Peach State Republican Party during the 2020 election.
Schaeffer accuses Willis of a “pattern of prosecutorial and forensic misconduct” in a lawsuit in which she says she, her office and her entire staff should be disqualified from the election interference case. He claimed that Willis had a “pattern of damaging public statements” about the case through various media interviews and public speeches, and claimed that by making such statements, she intended to “injure and injure the jury.”
Roman’s attorney made similar arguments in his filing.
“When the lines become blurred between a prosecutor’s concern for his or her personal reputation and public reputation and duty, the system collapses, as does public confidence in the process itself, threatening to undermine public confidence in the outcome,” Merchant wrote. .
Trump, who is represented in the Georgia case by attorney Steve Sadow, joined Roman and two other defendants in calling for Willis to be disqualified.
Willis also faces a separate lawsuit from Merchant over allegations that she failed to turn over records in accordance with the Georgia Open Records Act and that she “intentionally withheld information” before the hearing.
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Additionally, the attorney general is under investigation by both Georgia Republicans and the House Judiciary Committee over whistleblower allegations that her office misused taxpayer funds.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Fox News’ Brianna Hearley and Claudia Kelly Bazan contributed to this report.