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Judge Delivers Setback To Fani Willis’ Attempt To Avoid Testifying

Judge Scott McAfee declined to immediately rule whether Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and other witnesses will be called to testify about the corruption allegations at a hearing later this week.

McAfee will consider a motion Thursday to disqualify Willis over allegations that Willis benefited financially from appointing his girlfriend, Nathan Wade, to the case against former President Donald Trump. is. At Monday's hearing, he said he would postpone ruling on Willis' efforts to quash his subpoena to testify and would decide whether it was necessary after hearing others' opinions.

“We're not talking about calling Mr. Willis as the first witness. There are several procedural hurdles that need to be overcome to get there,” McAfee said.

Mr. McAfee indicated he would first hear from another witness, Terrence Bradley, Mr. Wade's friend, former law partner and former attorney who was part of the divorce case. Bradley earned $74,480 from the district attorney's office from May 2021 to June 2022. according to In county records. (Related article: Judge says Fani Willis 'likely' to be disqualified given evidence presented by Trump co-defendants)

Ashley Merchant, attorney for Trump co-defendant Michael Roman, said: Said In Friday's court filing, Bradley said he, along with several other witnesses, plans to refute Wade's claims that his relationship with Willis did not begin until after his contract with the district attorney's office. Ta. Merchant said in his filing that Bradley “personally knows” that the two lived together at various times. They lived first at Willis' home, then at Willis' friend and former employee Robin Yearty's former apartment, and then at a “safe house.” Fulton County is said to have rented it for Willis.

Anna Cross, one of the special prosecutors appointed by Mr. Willis, said Monday that no witnesses would testify against Mr. Wade's sworn statements.

“The defense is not introducing new facts,” Cross said. “The defense is not trying to introduce new law. The defense is introducing new gossip…The court should not tolerate such behavior.”

Willis also sought to quash the subpoenas of many other witnesses, including Wade and his staff.

“I think Mr. Merchant has established a bona fide basis of relevance,” McAfee said. “And I don't see how Kushal can be imposed here.”

“At this time, on each of these witnesses, I am willing to defer judgment until further along in the hearing itself,” McAfee said.

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