Lawyer Exposes Romantic Relationship Between Georgia DA and Special Prosecutor, Citing Conflict of Interest in Trump Election Interference Case

Atlanta, Georgia – Ashleigh Merchant, the lawyer representing Michael Roman, a co-defendant of Donald Trump, appeared before a specially appointed Georgia state Senate committee on Wednesday to present her investigation into Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ romantic relationship with a special prosecutor, Nathan Wade. Merchant argued that this relationship constitutes a conflict of interest and called for Willis to be removed from the election interference case against Trump.

Merchant’s appearance before the legislative committee followed a lengthy court hearing that featured testimonies from both Willis and Wade. Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee is expected to make a ruling by the end of next week on whether Willis and her office should be disqualified from the case, which alleges that Trump and others attempted to overturn his 2020 election loss in Georgia to Joe Biden.

During her three and a half hours of testimony, Merchant recounted details of her investigation and the evidence she had gathered. She claimed that Willis had paid Wade large sums of money and personally benefited when he covered their vacations, asserting that this created a conflict of interest. Willis and Wade admitted to their relationship but stated that it began after Wade was hired and had no impact on the case.

The Senate committee, consisting of six Republicans and three Democrats, is tasked with determining the facts of the case and, if necessary, proposing changes to existing laws or creating new ones to restore public trust in the criminal justice system. While committee chair, Senator Bill Cowsert, emphasized that the investigation was not a “witch hunt,” Democrats expressed their skepticism, given previous attempts to investigate or penalize Willis during her inquiry into Trump.

Cowsert specifically focused on the functioning of a special grand jury that assisted Willis and the rules surrounding the hiring of outside lawyers as special prosecutors in criminal cases. He expressed doubts regarding the invoices submitted by Wade, which lacked details and billed in large increments, unlike the smaller time blocks usually utilized by lawyers. Cowsert also questioned the process for approving and paying invoices and inquired about the significant discrepancy in pay between Wade and two other special prosecutors in the case.

Merchant explained that she discovered the relationship through a conversation with Wade’s former law partner, Terrence Bradley, who reached out to her after reading about her investigation into payments made to Wade and his partners. Bradley informed her about the timeline of the relationship, which began shortly after Willis and Wade met in October 2019. He continued to provide information over the following months, guiding Merchant’s investigation and prompting her to file open records requests.

Despite efforts to keep their communication confidential, Bradley faced inquiries from Wade and his associates, leading him to describe those interactions as “shots across the bow.” Merchant concluded her testimony, and State Senator Harold Jones, a Democrat, questioned her about the conflict of interest’s impact on her client, expressing skepticism about her explanation.

As the investigation continues, Willis remains steadfast in her commitment to justice, dismissing the efforts against her as a political quest. She is determined to fulfill her duty in holding accountable anyone who has committed wrongdoing in Fulton County.