Georgia judge tells Fani Willis to step aside or remove special prosecutor

The judge presiding over former President Donald Trump‘s Georgia racketeering case ruled Friday that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis can remain on the case only if she removes her special prosecutor who was previously her boyfriend.

In the much anticipated ruling, Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee said Willis must address an appearance of impropriety sparked by her romantic relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade, who has billed more than $700,000 in legal fees to county taxpayers and helped pay for trips he took with Willis.

McAfee made his decision following a tumultuous legal saga that began when one of Trump’s co-defendants said in a January 8 motion that Willis and her hired special prosecutor, Nathan Wade, were previously involved in a romantic relationship. The point of contention ultimately became not the relationship itself, but whether Willis benefited from appointing
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