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The defense criticized Fani Willis for trying to stop a fellow prosecutor from testifying because they have evidence that the DA and lead prosecutor in Trump RICO case were dating in the past

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis arrives during a hearing on the Georgia election interference case, Friday, March, 1, 2024, in Atlanta. The hearing is to determine whether Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis should be removed from the case because of a relationship with Nathan Wade, special prosecutor she hired in the election interference case against former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Slitz, Pool)

The state suggests that a fellow prosecutor’s proposed testimony is intended to help her boss fend off a Fulton County-based challenger in an upcoming election.

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis arrives during a hearing on the Georgia election interference case, Friday, March, 1, 2024, in Atlanta. The hearing is to determine whether Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis should be removed from the case because of a relationship with Nathan Wade, special prosecutor she hired in the election interference case against former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Slitz, Pool)
Fani Willis in court

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis appeared at a hearing on the Georgia election interference case on Friday, March 1, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Alex Slitz, Pool)

Faced with challenges, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and a defense attorney argued about introducing new evidence in the ongoing disqualification drama, which could disrupt the RICO and election subversion case against former President Donald Trump.

The district attorney's office filed a response that is five pages long with the Fulton County Superior Court, arguing against allowing two new witnesses to testify about Willis' admitted relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade.

During a four-page response, attorney Craig Gillen addressed Willis' office's opposition to a specific potential witness.

The lawyer representing co-defendant

David Shafer , who prosecutors say played a key role in thefake electors plot As Law&Crime previously reported.

, Shafer's request includes the testimony of Cindi Lee Yeager, a prosecutor from nearby Cobb County.Yeager's testimony aimed to support claims made by Terrence Bradley, Wade's former divorce lawyer and law partner, regarding the timeline of the DA's relationship with the man she put in charge of the most significant criminal case in Peach State history.

Bradley stated that the two prosecutors started dating before Willis hired Wade, but those claims were made outside of court. When testifying under oath, Bradley said he could not recall or was only speculating about various details of the Willis-Wade relationship, including when the admitted affair began.

The timing of the affair is widely considered crucial.

Wade was hired on Nov. 1, 2021. The defense argues for removing Willis and Wade, claiming that the district attorney hired her then-boyfriend for the job and benefited financially. Testimony indicating that the relationship began years before November 2021 would be very damaging to the state.

Yeager stated that when Bradley testified, he made several statements that were directly contradictory to what he told her during numerous conversations between August 2023 and January 2024, according to

a previous filing from Shafer offering the prosecutor's testimony claims. The March 4 filing alleges that Bradley told Yeager, 'Mr. Wade had definitely begun a romantic relationship with Ms. Willis during the time that Ms. Willis was running for District Attorney in 2019 through 2020. Mr. Bradley stated that he had personal knowledge of the relationship between Mr. Wade and District Attorney Willis.'

Later on that very day

, a very similar filing was submitted with testimony from Atlanta-based defense attorney Manny Arora.The motion on behalf of co-defendant Cathy Latham states that Mr. Arora had multiple conversations with attorney Terrence Bradley between September and October 2023, discussing the relationship between District Attorney Wills and Nathan Wade.

Arora claims that Bradley informed him that Wade and Willis “had definitely begun a romantic relationship” while the district attorney was campaigning for her job between 2019 and 2020.

The following day, the district attorney’s office opposed either Yeager or Arora being allowed to testify in the disqualification case.

The state’s response argues, “The law primarily supports finality. It does not allow for endless re-hearings and reopening of evidence based solely on regret about previous strategy, consistently unsupported positions, or political motivation.”

Describing the proposed testimony as a “last minute, self-serving barrage,” Willis and her lieutenant Adam Abbate argue that the Yeager and Arora testimony would be repetitive and “impermissible hearsay.”

The state also suggests that Yeager’s testimony is intended to help her boss defend against a challenger in an upcoming election.

“Attorney Yeager is the second-in-command to Cobb County District Attorney Flynn Brody, whose reelection is currently being challenged by a Deputy District Attorney of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office,” the response states. “The timing of Attorney Yeager’s proposed testimony is not coincidental.”

Closing arguments

in the disqualification hearing were held last week — but it's not a significant barrier if Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee decides the Yeager-Arora evidence is worth hearing under oath. Trial court judges in Georgia have broad authority to reopen the evidentiary record as they see fit. “In the interest of uncovering the truth about the serious issues of prosecutorial misconduct raised by the defense, the Court should not dismiss the proposed testimony of Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Yeager and Mr. Arora, and should reopen the evidence to hear and consider their testimony,” Shafer’s latest motion concludes.

The state suggests that a fellow prosecutor’s proposed testimony is intended to help her boss fend off a Fulton County-based challenger in an upcoming election.

 

 

 

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