Biggest takeaways after wild 2-day hearing on Fani Willis affair: ‘What’s done is done’

The second and final day of court hearings into evidence of Georgia prosecutor Fani Wills’ alleged “improper” relationship with a colleague has ended, but judges continue to review testimony in closed session. I plan to.

Judge Scott McAfee announced an “on-camera” interview with Terrence Bradley, a key defense witness, following a bombshell in which he avoided answering certain questions citing attorney-client privilege. He said he would meet with him to determine whether his claims of privilege were accurate.

Mr. Bradley, a former law firm partner of Nathan Wade, is accused of having an affair that provided Mr. Willis with financial benefit after he hired Mr. Willis to prosecute the election interference case against former President Donald Trump. ing.

Bradley had refused to answer some of the defense’s questions, including what he knew about the relationship between Wade and Wills and when he knew it, citing attorney-client privilege. Bradley briefly served as Wade’s attorney during their divorce, which was finalized in 2023.

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Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee at the Fulton County Courthouse on Thursday, February 15, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (Alyssa Pointer)

However, Bradley admitted that the main reason he left the law firm was because an employee at the firm accused him of sexual assault, a charge he denied. He also indirectly admitted that he paid the employees who accused him.

This is important. This is because Bradley testified earlier in his testimony that his reason for leaving the firm was related to Wade’s divorce proceedings and was therefore subject to attorney-client privilege.

Judge Scott McAfee ruled that Bradley’s confession led to questions about what he knew about Wade’s romantic relationship with Fanny Willis and when he knew it. He said it would be reopened. Bradley declined to respond, citing attorney-client privilege.

“Mr. Bradley has previously testified that his reasons for leaving the company were completely masked by privilege. In response to questions from the state, he developed a factual scenario, but in my opinion… I don’t understand how that has anything to do with privilege at the time.”So now I wonder whether Mr. Bradley has been interpreting privilege properly all this time,” the judge said. Stated.

Early Friday morning, Ms. Willis’ father, John C. Floyd III, took the stand and said what Ms. Willis testified on Thursday: that her father taught her to always keep large amounts of cash on hand. It was confirmed.

He also said he didn’t meet Mr Wade until 2023 and didn’t know his daughter had been romantically involved with him until about seven weeks ago, when allegations of Wills’ cheating were first filed in court. Stated.

During their romance, which ended last summer, Wade and Willis vacationed in California and the Caribbean wine country.

Michael Roman, a Republican political operative and co-defendant in the Trump case, first argued that there was a conflict of interest in the case because Willis benefited financially from hiring his girlfriend. Four co-defendants have also made similar accusations.

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John Floyd III (left), father of Fulton District Attorney Fani Willis, testifies in the Fulton County Courthouse on Friday, February 16, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. (Alyssa Pointer)

At the heart of the defense’s case is whether the financial trail can prove that Willis has a conflict of interest and should be disqualified from the case against Trump.

Ms. Willis testified Thursday that she repaid Ms. Wade some of her vacation expenses in cash, but neither Ms. Willis nor Ms. Wade had receipts for those transactions.

The defense team, led by Ashley Merchant, is also trying to prove that Willis and Wade had a romantic relationship before Wade was hired by the DA’s office.

Willis and Wade both claimed their relationship began in 2022, after Wade was hired. But they contradict testimony from Robin Yearty, a former “good friend” of Willis and a former employee of the DA’s office.

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Mr. Willis at a recent evidentiary hearing.

Fulton County Prosecutor Fani Willis winked before being sworn in to testify at a hearing regarding her inappropriate relationship with Nathan Wade. (Screenshot/Fox News)

Ms Yearty said there was “no question” that Willis and Wade’s relationship began after they met at a news conference in 2019.

Yearty observed Willis and Wade showing “affection” by “hugging” and “kissing” before November 2021, and from 2019 until the end, Willis and Wade had been together. He testified that there was no question they were in a “romantic” relationship. Said in 2022.

Willis rejected Yearty’s testimony and said he no longer considered Yearty a friend.

The highlight of the two-day case was Willis’ own — unexpected — testimony on Thursday, one person described. Experts are “belligerent.”


She argued for hours with her lawyer, and at one point the judge threatened to take away her testimony. She also raised eyebrows that she appeared to be wearing her dress backwards. She did not return to her witness stand Friday.

Judge McAfee said earlier this week: “It is clear that disqualification may occur if evidence of an actual conflict or the appearance of a conflict is presented.”

Judge McAfee said he would hold a general hearing on all the evidence presented within the next week or two.

Co-defendant Rudy Giuliani’s attorney, Allyn Stockton Jr., told Fox News after the hearing: “I don’t think there was anything earth-shaking today. What’s done is done.” Told.

Asked if the hearing would make a difference for his clients, he said: “Everything that’s happening is about the integrity of the process itself, as it pertains to my clients.”

“The judge is sharper than I am. I have no idea what his decision will be in this case,” he said.



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