ATLANTA – former president Donald Trump On Thursday, he moved to accept a motion to dismiss the election interference charges against him in Georgia. alleging an inappropriate romantic relationship between Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis and Special Prosecutor Nathan Wade.
Trump’s lead attorney in the case has asked that the charges against the former president be dismissed and that Wade, Willis and his office “incorrectly cast racial animosity” into the case during a recent speech.
“While this Court does not have the power to overturn DA Willis, it certainly has the power to dismiss the indictment and bar him, the special prosecutors he hired, and his office from further involvement in this case or any related matter, and it should do so here.” , – Trump’s lawyer Steve Sadow said in his application to the court.
The motion to dismiss the charges was originally filed by Trump’s co-defendant, Michael Roman.
In a statement to NBC News, Sadow said the motion filed Thursday seeks to hold Willis legally responsible for both the “wrongful acts alleged in Mr. Roman’s motion and his public statements outside of court.” “
The lawsuit alleges Willis potentially tainted the jury During a Martin Luther King Day speech at Greater Bethel AME Church, he asked why a black special prosecutor was attacked instead of two white prosecutors.
“The DA’s out-of-court comments … constitute a clear, overt, and calculated effort to promote racial bias in this case by publicly condemning the defendants for daring to question the decision to hire a black man (without mentioning that it was also alleged),” the special counsel wrote. have a workplace relationship with the same person to be,” Sadow said in her filing.
“These allegations by the DA create great prejudice against the defendants in the eyes of the public in general, and prospective jurors in Fulton County in particular,” he said. he added, he sought, he added racially-based sympathy to his self-inflicted quagmire.
Sadow said Willis violated the state’s rules of professional conduct and deserves to be sanctioned and disqualified.
The district prosecutor’s office refused to comment.
Willis has not responded to allegations of inappropriate behavior. The judge gave him until February 2 to give a written response to the court. Willis’ office said it plans to do so.
Roman’s lawyer said this month A 39-page petition seeking dismissal of the charges against his a customer Willis and Wade have reportedly been traveling together to destinations including Napa Valley and have been seen individually together around Atlanta.
In the complaint, Willis asked that Wade and the DA’s office be barred from prosecuting the case because the two “engaged in inappropriate, confidential personal contact during the pendency of this case, at the expense of the special prosecutor and, in turn, the district attorney, at the taxpayers’ expense.” profits substantially from this pursuit.”
Last week, Wade’s ongoing divorce proceedings included credit card statements filed in a separate court He revealed that Wade and Willis bought plane tickets for the DA to travel together.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee set the hearing for February 15 Dismissing Willis and Wade’s Motion to Dismiss and Misconduct Claims.
Roman worked in Trump’s election campaign in 2016 and 2020.alternative voters” along with the racketeering charge, to vote for Trump after President Joe Biden won the 2020 election.
4 accused in the case have confessed their guilt. There are Roman, Trump and other defendants he was begging not guilty.
Blayne Alexander reported from Atlanta, Rebecca Shabad reported from Washington.