Judge Halts Proceedings After Fani Willis Erupts On Witness Stand


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Judge Scott McAfee was forced to call for a five-minute break during a hearing after Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis lost her temper.

In a January 8 motion, Michael Roman, the co-defendant of former President Donald Trump, claimed that Willis had improperly profited from appointing special prosecutor Nathan Wade by using the money he received from his appointment to take trips with Wade while they were dating. The hearing on Willis’ eligibility to continue her lawsuit against former President Donald Trump included her testimony.

When asked if Wade had ever been to her house, Willis became defensive and began displaying documents as evidence that the accusations were untrue.

“So let’s be clear ’cause you lied in this … let me tell you which one you lied in … Right here. I think you lied right here.” Willis said, raising the documents.

The judge slammed the gavel and tried to stop her and an unknown man started talking over her.

“No, no, no, this is the truth,” she exclaimed. “It is a lie! It is a lie!”

The judge then announced a five-minute break in proceedings.


Atthe hearing, Robin Yeartie, a former close friend of Willis who had worked for the district attorney’s office, testified that Willis and Wade got to know each other at a 2019 conference for municipal court judges. Yeartie’s testimony runs counter to their representation in court documents that their relationship started in 2022, following Wade’s contract.

During her contentious testimony, Willis further disclosed that she kept sizable sums of money at home, which she utilized to pay Wade back for their opulent excursions.

“When you meet my father, he’s going to tell you as a woman, you should always have … at least 6 months in cash at your house, at all times,” Willis said.


Legal analyst Caroline Polisi flat-out declared on Thursday that new testimony refuting Willis’s claims regarding her relationship with a colleague was “game over for her.”

Polisi, who frequently appears on CNN and MSNBC, did not mince words when he discussed the Fulton County DA’s terrible day.

“Don’t let the legalese fool you,” she opened. “This is epic. This is monumental. If things are going in the direction we think, Fani Willis lied to the court, and it’s game over for her. She will be disqualified. If they had a relationship before when they represented the truth to the court, it’s a huge deal. I can’t overstate.”

Polisi added further context in a statement to Mediaite, saying “Willis will be disqualified, which means her entire office is disqualified, which means the case will have to be re-assigned and languish with the PAC of Georgia, effectively killing the case. Her credibility is completely shot.”

How this will impact the election fraud case Willis filed against the former president is still unknown.

Given the apparent discovery that Willis lied under oath regarding the timing of her affair with her deputy, Nathan Wade, it could imply, at the very least, that her time as the case’s lead attorney is over.


The news for Willis has gone from bad to worse this past week after a co-defendant in her case against Trump leveled a new allegation.

In the 122-page filing submitted by Michael Roman’s attorneys, they claimed that they have a witness whose testimony challenges the denials made by Willis regarding the timeline of her relationship with prosecutor Nathan Wade after their relationship allegedly began following her appointment of him as a special prosecutor in the investigation concerning Trump’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election results in Georgia.

In response to a motion by Roman’s attorneys filed on January 8 seeking her disqualification from the case, Willis acknowledged her relationship with Wade in a 176-page court filing.

In their filing, Roman’s attorneys named a friend of Wade who could corroborate that the relationship began before Willis assumed the role of the district attorney, contradicting claims made by Wade in an affidavit attached to Willis’s filing on February 2, wherein he asserted that the relationship did not begin before 2022.

“Willis and Wade claim they did not have a personal, romantic relationship before Willis appointed Wade as a special prosecutor, but Terrence Bradley (‘Bradley’) will refute that claim,” Roman’s attorney, Ashleigh Merchant, said in the filing.

“Bradley is an attorney and a member of the Georgia Bar.  Bradley and Wade were friends and business associates. Bradley has non-privileged, personal knowledge that the romantic relationship between Wade and Willis began before Willis being sworn as the district attorney for Fulton County, Georgia, in January 2021,” the filing continued, per the outlet.

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Merchant also revealed two previously undisclosed trips that Wade and Willis took together: a Bahamas cruise in December 2022 and a trip to Belize in March 2023.

Judge McAfee said during a hearing Monday when considering those motions, “In studying the law that’s been filed up to this point, I think it’s clear that disqualification can occur if evidence is produced demonstrating an actual conflict or the appearance of one. And the filings submitted on this issue so far have presented a conflict in the evidence that can’t be resolved as a matter of law.”

“Specifically looking at defendant Roman’s motion, it alleges a personal relationship that resulted in a financial benefit to the district attorney. And that is no longer a matter of complete speculation. The state has admitted a relationship existed. And so, what remains to be proven is the existence and extent of any financial benefit,” the judge said.

“So, because I think it’s possible that the facts alleged by the defendant could result in disqualification, I think an evidentiary hearing must occur to establish the record on those core allegations,” he added, Fox News reported.

The outlet added: “In legal filings last month, Roman alleged that Wade billed Fulton County for 24 hours of work on a single day in November 2021, shortly after being appointed as a special prosecutor, and that Willis financially benefited from her alleged lover’s padded taxpayer-funded salary by taking lavish vacations together on his dime.  According to the court documents, Wade, who has no RICO or felony prosecution experience, has billed taxpayers $654,000 since January 2022.”

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