MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered the release of court records in the divorce involving a special prosecutor who was hired in the election case against Donald Trump and others and accused of having an affair with the Fulton County district attorney, Fani Willis, available.
The judge said records must be unsealed in the divorce case of Nathan Wade, who a defense attorney has alleged was in 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 has defended her hiring of Wade, who has little experience as a prosecutor, and has not directly denied 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.
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Willis has accused Wade's estranged wife of trying to obstruct her criminal 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 “a planned travel partner “ was for at least some of these trips, according to flights he bought for her to accompany him.
The file includes credit card statements showing that Nathan Wade — after being hired as special prosecutor — purchased plane tickets for him and Willis to travel to Miami in October 2022 and purchased 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 “appears to be no reasonable explanation for her travels other than a romantic relationship.”
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