• May 23, 2024

Ga. Judge McAfee Slammed for Cop-Out Move Letting Fani Willis Stay in Trial

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Judge Scott McAfee on Friday ruled that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis may continue to oversee her lawfare attack on former President Donald Trump and more than a dozen codefendants, as long as she fires her longtime lover, special counsel Nathan Wade.

Wade resigned shortly thereafter, ABC News reported.

In his much ballyhooed decision, McAfee—who himself allegedly had close ties with Willis prior to accepting the case—insisted that there was no conflict of interest.

“As alleged, the claims presented a possible financial conflict of interest for the District Attorney,” McAfee’s opinion read.

However, “… the court [found] that the defendants failed to meet their burden of proving that the District Attorney acquired an actual conflict of interest in this case through her personal relationship and recurring travels with her lead prosecutor,” he added.

McAfee also mentioned that the situation presented a “significant appearance of impropriety,” but apparently resolved that was not enough to remove both Willis and Wade from the case.

The decision brought an uproar from a wide array of critics on social media who said there was clear evidence of misconduct on Willis’s part that cast her judgment, integrity, ethics and professionalism into question.

“So, if I have this right, Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee decided to pull a James Comey, Robert Mueller, and Robert Hur,” tweeted Curtis Houck, managing editor of NewsBusters. “Write a ruling saying Fani Willis and Nathan Wade are guilty as hell, have no ethics, and aren’t good role models… BUT Fani can stay.”

Constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley also weighed in, drawing an analogy on Fox News to two people caught committing a robbery, which is not unlike what Willis and Wade were alleged to have done to the taxpayers of Fulton County.

“It’s like finding two people in a bank vault and taking one off to jail,” Turley said.

“They both testified in the same way,” he continued. “They were the two parts to this relationship, and yet only one of them was disqualified.”

One thought-provoking piece in Willis’s hometown newspaper, the Atlanta Journal–Constitution even raised the question, “Would DA Fani Willis indict defendant Fani Willis?”

It noted that several elements of Willis’s own scandalous conduct appeared to bear close similarity to the sort of racketeering conspiracies that she seemed to specialize in prosecuting.

“The overarching allegation is that by hiring her then-boyfriend, the DA has siphoned off nearly a million dollars and counting of taxpayer money that continues to be paid to him,” wrote author Robert Wilson, an Atlanta attorney who represented former Trump codefendant Kenneth Chesebro.

“…[B]y hiring a paramour without authorization and paying him with public monies, would our DA seek a RICO indictment for an alleged romantic partnership that used subterfuge to enrich her partner?” he asked.

Despite the fact that Willis may remain on the case, the situation for her is still dire, as the New York Post observed.

The House Judiciary Committee has launched a federal probe into her misuse of funds and may also hold her in contempt of Congress.

Her credentials as a lawyer may also be at stake due to ethical questions; McAfee recommended that the Georgia Bar Association look into the matter.

In addition to jeopardizing her career, Willis also created a situation where her entire reputation as a professional may be at risk.

For instance, while testifying in the ethics trial, Willis hinted that she likely used her campaign funds for personal purchases.

Headline USA’s Ben Sellers contributed to this report.


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