Judge orders dismissal of Georgia special prosecutor's divorce case

A judge on Monday ordered the release of court records related to the divorce of a special prosecutor hired in the election case against former President Trump and others accused of having an affair with Fulton County Dist. Atty. Fani Willis.

The judge said records must be unsealed in the divorce case of Nathan Wade, who a defense attorney alleges had an inappropriate relationship with Willis. The judge postponed a final decision on whether Willis should be questioned in the divorce proceedings, but postponed her testimony scheduled for Tuesday.

Willis defended her hiring of Wade, who has little experience as a prosecutor, and did not outright deny a romantic relationship.

Willis was served with the subpoena to testify in the divorce trial on the same day that defense attorney Ashleigh Merchant, representing former Trump campaign staffer and former White House adviser Michael Roman, filed a motion alleging an inappropriate relationship between Willis and Wade.

Willis has accused Wade's estranged wife of trying to hinder her election interference case against Trump and others by attempting to question her in the couple's divorce proceedings.

In a response filed Friday, an attorney for Joycelyn Wade wrote that since filing for divorce, Nathan Wade has taken trips to San Francisco and Napa Valley, Florida, Belize, Panama and Australia, as well as cruises in the Caribbean, and that Willis is doing the same carry out the same “planning”. a trip.” “She was a partner on at least some of those trips, as evidenced by the flights he booked for her company.”

The filing includes credit card statements showing that Wade — after he was hired as special prosecutor — purchased plane tickets for him and Willis to travel to Miami in October 2022 and tickets to San Francisco on their behalf in April.

Joycelyn Wade's filing said she wanted to question Willis about “her romantic affair” with Nathan Wade and said there “appeared to be no reasonable explanation for her travels other than a romantic relationship.”

Trump and 18 allies were indicted in Georgia over their efforts to overturn his 2020 election defeat in the state, with prosecutors using a law usually associated with mobsters to bring a “criminal indictment” against the former president , lawyers said, and to recruit other helpers. “Crime”. “Company” accuses him of performance.