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Fani Willis’ testimony was ‘belligerent’ and could damage her credibility, former prosecutor says

Atlanta’s former prosecuting attorney said embattled District Attorney Fani Willis was “belligerent” during Thursday’s testimony over allegations that she had an “improper” relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade.

John Malcolm, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Atlanta, told Fox News Digital in a statement that Willis’ testimony was the “highlight” of Thursday’s “wild” evidentiary hearing.

She was combative and argumentative. “It’s hard to say what impact this will have on her as Judge McAfee evaluates her credibility,” Malcolm said.

Ms Malcolm also said Mr Wills’ claim that he had reimbursed Mr Wade in cash for shared leave was “unacceptable”.

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis testifies during a hearing in the State of Georgia v. Donald John Trump case at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta on February 15, 2024. (Alyssa Pointerpool/Getty Images)

“One of the things that is unacceptable is her claim that she paid her boyfriend, Nathan Wade, in cash for expenses related to lavish trips they took together. “Her testimony that she did so seems implausible as there is no written record to support her testimony,” Malcolm said.

Judge Scott McAfee held a hearing Thursday to unearth evidence related to allegations made by Republican political operative Michael Roman earlier this year. Roman is a co-defendant in Willis’ lawsuit against former President Donald Trump. She is making sweeping accusations related to alleged interference in the 2020 presidential election.

Mr. Wade also took the stand at the beginning of the hearing. Craig Gillen, a lawyer for Mr. Trump’s other co-defendant, David Shafer, previously questioned Mr. Wade about reimbursing him for vacations that Mr. Willis paid him in cash.

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Nathan Wade

Special prosecutor Nathan Wade acknowledged he had no deposit slips or receipts to support his claims. (Lissa Poynter/Pool/Getty Images)

Mr. Wade admitted that he did not have deposit slips or receipts to support his claims.

“You don’t have any deposit slips to support or corroborate your claim that Ms. Willis paid you in cash, do you?” Gillen asked.

“No, sir,” Wade said.

“Are there any lonely ones?” Gillen pressed.

“That’s not true,” Wade said.

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Malcolm also spoke to Fox News Digital about the testimony of Robin Yearty, a former employee of the Fulton County Attorney’s Office and a self-described “good friend” of Willis, who was appointed special prosecutor over Willis’ romantic relationship. He said it started with Wade from before. It’s quite destructive. ”

“Although Mr. Wade and Mr. Willis denied this, there may well be other evidence supporting Mr. Yearty and contradicting their testimony,” Malcolm said.

Yearty said Thursday there was “no doubt” Willis and Wade were in a relationship that began in 2019 and last spoke in 2022.

Scott McAfee

Fulton Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The court said Willis and Wade had “been professional colleagues and friends since 2019” and that as of November 2021, when Wade was appointed, there was “no personal relationship” between her and Wade. This contradicts Willis’s claim in .

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“There is no doubt that their romantic relationship continued from 2019 until the last time you spoke to her, right?” Merchant asked.

“Absolutely,” Ierty said.

Judge McAfee said earlier this week that Willis could be disbarred from the case depending on his findings after hearing evidence submitted by both sides.

“As I review the legislation that has been introduced to date, I think it is clear that disqualification can occur if evidence of an actual conflict, or an indication thereof, is presented. So far, the submissions filed on this issue show legal contradictions, evidence that cannot be resolved as a matter of law.”

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