Georgia D.A. in Trump election case may have to testify at hearing

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis attends a Harrison Floyd bond revocation hearing at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta on Nov. 21, 2023.

Dennis Byron | Reuters

The judge in the Georgia election criminal case against Donald Trump seemed inclined Monday to allow a subpoena for testimony from District Attorney Fani Willis at an upcoming hearing to potentially disqualify her from the case.

Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee, at a hearing, said that Willis’ testimony appears relevant to a bid by Trump and some of his co-defendants to remove her from the case due to her romantic relationship with a key subordinate, Nathan Wade. Willis appointed Wade as┬áspecial prosecutor for the Trump case.

“I don’t see how quashal can be imposed here,” McAfee said, using the legal term for voiding a subpoena.

But McAfee said he would hold off on making a final ruling on Willis’ request to void the subpoena for her testimony from one of Trump’s co-defendants until after another witness testifies Thursday at the disqualification hearing.

The judge did quash a subpoena for Wade’s bank records, which some of the defendants wanted to enter into evidence to support their allegations that he paid for vacations with Willis while he was heading a team investigating and prosecuting Trump.

Trump and more than a dozen others are charged with crimes related to trying to overturn his 2020 election loss in Georgia to President Joe Biden.

Trump has pleaded not guilty in the case.

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