Trump Georgia case: Judge unseals divorce proceedings

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis attends a Harrison-Floyd bond revocation hearing at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta on November 21, 2023.

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A Georgia judge on Monday blocked — for now — Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis's testimony from attorneys related to the divorce of special prosecutor Nathan Wade, whom Willis hired to oversee the criminal election case against former President Donald Trump .

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Henry Thompson said he needed to hear what Nathan Wade said in his testimony before he could decide whether Willis should be deposed by Jocelyn Wade's lawyers as part of the divorce.

“It seems to me that Mr. Wade would be the first and best source of information about what his income was and how he spent it, and that he would know firsthand whether he was having an extramarital affair,” Thompson said.

Willis is trying to block testimony because she questions whether she was romantically involved with Nathan Wade when he and his Fulton County law firm were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to work as a special counsel in Trump's criminal case.

Trump is accused of racketeering and other allegations in connection with his efforts to overturn his loss to President Joe Biden in the 2020 Georgia election.

Thompson also said he would drop the Wades' divorce case after pointing out that procedures to keep the case secret from the public had not been followed.

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One of Trump's co-defendants in the criminal case accuses Willis and Nathan Wade of misconduct by having “an inappropriate, secret personal relationship throughout the duration of this case that resulted in the calling of the special prosecutor and, by extension, the District.” Attorney, who benefits significantly from this prosecution at the expense of the taxpayer.”

Jocelyn Wade said in a court filing that her husband has taken several trips since filing for divorce and “the evidence is clear that Ms. Willis was a planned travel partner on at least some of those trips, as evidenced by the flights purchased.” so she can accompany him.

“The defendant wishes to depose Ms. Willis to clarify details of her romantic affair with the plaintiff as there appears to be no reasonable explanation for her travels other than a romantic relationship,” the filing states.

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