New Georgia grand jury to decide if DA has enough evidence to indict Trump for election interference

Fani Willis, on the left; Donald Trump, on the right.

Left: FILE – Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis poses for a portrait, April 19, 2023, in Atlanta (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File). Right: Former President Donald Trump arrives at the Moms for Liberty meeting in Philadelphia, Friday, June 30, 2023. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade may be forced to testify about various aspects of their “personal relationship” during a contested hearing later this week, the judge overseeing the racketeering (RICO) and election subversion case against Donald Trump and others ruled Monday.

The decision is a limited victory for defendant Michael Roman and his attorney, Ashleigh Merchant, who have raised the prosecutorial romance in an effort to dismiss the indictment and disqualify the two prosecutors from the case. Roman previously worked as a staff member for Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.

“That is no longer a matter of speculation,” Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee said, noting the admitted relationship between Willis and Wade. “I think it’s possible that the facts alleged by the defendant could result in disqualification.”

The high stakes hearing is slated for Feb. 15 — with the exact contours of those proceedings subject to how certain testimony unfolds.

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