Startling revelations out of Fani Willis’ office suggesting an improper romantic relationship between her and Nathan Wade gave rise to multiple conflicts of interest. This could get her case against Trump-0 and others to be tossed out the window. Even worse for Willis is the fact she could be disbarred or prosecuted for multiple crimes and that would also lead to her being disbarred. Wade was married during his affair with Willis and he filed for divorce the day after he went to work for Willis.
There have been many people who have spoken up about this clandestine affair and the impropriety of Willis paying Wade more money that an actual expert on RICO violations. Willis lied about that too and claimed she paid them the same. But Wade was paid $50 dollars an hour more than the expert. Then there is the case that can be made that she profited from Wade’s high salary as he took her on various romantic vacations.
Mike Roman, one of the 17 co-defendants implicated in the Willis indictment, raised them in a January 8th court filing seeking to dismiss the grand jury indictment. He is seeking to have the charges against him dropped or at a minimum to get Willis, Wade and everyone in Willis’s office removed from the case. That hearing will begin early in February.
Roman’s explosive motion highlights improprieties that run the gauntlet from improper romantic relations to breaches of the District Attorney’s Loyalty Oath to egregious instances of self-dealing, most of which can be independently corroborated through adjacent court filings. The misconduct is so severe and persistent that it likely imputes Fani Willis’ whole office.
“[t]he Attorney General shall … represent the state in the Supreme Court in all capital felonies and in all civil and criminal cases in any court when required by the Governor …”
Governor Brian Kemp has a constitutional duty to send AG Chris Carr into the District Attorney’s Office to clean up this mess and do so immediately or risk irreparable damage to public confidence in the integrity of the proceeding, and by extension, given President Trump’s involvement, America’s justice system overall.
This remains true, regardless of the veracity of Roman’s allegations, which are exhaustively described in his recent court filing, because of Fulton County’s own rules of professional misconduct regarding conflicts of interest. The Fulton County Code of Ethics states that “no officer … shall, by his or her conduct give reasonable basis for the impression that any person can improperly influence him or her, or unduly enjoy his or her favor, in the performance of any official acts or actions.”
In other words, even the simple appearance of impropriety is sufficient to disqualify an officer from a proceeding whereby such misconduct could raise significant doubts about the integrity and fairness of the process at large.
Indeed, Wade regularly vowed to this standard himself: for example, according to the Marietta Daily Journal, in 2016, Wade stated publicly that “If there’s an appearance, just a mere appearance of impropriety, and there’s a request for recusal, just do it, because by not doing it, what you’re doing is hurting the county in the long run, you’re costing the taxpayers a lot of money.”
These statements he made in reference to Cobb County Superior Court judge Reuben Green who Wade ran against for his post multiple times. Much like the conflicts Wade now faces, at the time Green was similarly accused of having conflicts of interest that drew ethics complaints. Wade was probably correct to point out those violations at the time; however, equal protection requires the law be applied faithfully to all persons. Now that Wade himself is in the hot seat on conflict issues, the chickens have come home to roost.