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Fani Willis' old friend strikes damning blow to the Democratic DA's preferred narrative during misconduct hearing
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Fani Willis' old friend strikes damning blow to the Democratic DA's preferred narrative during misconduct hearing

Not long into Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' misconduct hearing Thursday, a witness provided a damning indication that the Black Panther's daughter and her lover may have been less than honest with the court about their potentially compromising affair.

Whereas Willis would prefer Judge Scott McAfee to think her affair started in 2022, it may actually have started as early as October 2019.

Quick background

Willis' lawyers filed a document with the Fulton County Superior Court on Feb. 2 confirming the Democratic DA had been romantically involved with Nathan Wade — the allegedly underqualified man she appointed top prosecutor in former President Donald Trump's Georgia election interference case.

This admission came weeks after a lawyer for one of Trump's co-defendants filed a motion to disqualify Willis, alleging she was embroiled in "an improper, clandestine personal relationship" with Wade; that the relationship was to her financial benefit; and that the affair may have involved possible criminality.

The Feb. 2 filing from the DA's office stressed the "personal relationship between Special Prosecutor Wade and District Attorney Willis has never involved direct or indirect financial benefit to District Attorney Willis" and that "Willis has no personal conflict of interest that justifies her disqualification personally or that of the Fulton County District Attorney' Office."

Furthermore, the filing suggested that the affair did not start until after Wade's November 2021 appointment as special counsel. Wade made expressly clear in his affidavit that they did not start dating until 2022.

Blaze News previously reported that a new complaint indicated Friday that attorney Terrence Bradley, a former friend and business associate of Wade's, has "non-privileged, personal knowledge that the romantic relationship between Wade and Willis began prior to Willis being sworn as the district attorney for Fulton County, Georgia in January 2021."

Bradley is apparently not the only person who could cast doubt on the Democratic DA's preferred timeline.

Longtime bedfellows

Attorney Ashleigh Merchant telegraphed how Willis' misconduct hearing might go down at the outset, including what a former friend and employee of the Democratic DA might say on the stand.

While much went to plan, there was nevertheless at least one surprise before lunch.

Bradley, for instance, clammed up about the timeline of the affair, testifying that the Georgia Bar Association told him that he might be risking his license by divulging his communications with his former divorce client, Nathan Wade.

Judge McAfee suggested in response that Bradley was making a "broader representation of attorney-client privilege than I've ever heard," reported the New York Times.

Merchant, who filed the original motion to disqualify Willis in January on behalf of Trump co-defendant Michael Roman, pivoted from Bradley to Robin Yeartie, a former "good friend" of Willis and Fulton County DA employee who Merchant indicated "has a lot of personal knowledge."

McAfee allowed Yeartie to take the stand despite the DA's office's desperate attempts to quash the subpoena to call her.

"From everything that you saw, heard, witnessed, it is your understanding that they were in a romantic relationship beginning in 2019?" asked Merchant.

Yeartie responded, "Yes."

"You have no doubt that their romantic relationship was in effect from 2019 until the last time you spoke with her?" asked Merchant.

"No doubt," responded Yeartie.

According to Willis' old friend, the Democratic DA and Wade began their relationship in earnest shortly after a conference in November 2019.

When Merchant pressed Yeartie on whether the relationship was in fact romantic, Yeartie answered in the affirmative, later telling Trump's lawyer Steve Sadow that she observed them "hugging" and "kissing" long before Wade's 2021 appointment.

After the court heard from Yeartie, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution highlighted that Wade doubled down on his claim that his relationship with Willis began in 2022. He also kept to the script about how the costs pertaining to his trips with Willis were usually settled more or less equitably.

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Joseph MacKinnon

Joseph MacKinnon

Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News. He lives in a small town with his wife and son, moonlighting as an author of science fiction.
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