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Georgetown University law professor Jonathan Turley expressed criticism of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ response to a subpoena in her reported lover’s divorce case during a Fox News segment on Monday.
The constitutional expert knocked Willis for using “the worst possible tack” in her attempt to have the subpoena declared invalid in a Thursday court filing. In it, she claimed that “Jocelyn Wade, the estranged wife of Nathan Wade, Willis’ alleged lover, was trying to ‘harass and embarrass’ the Fulton County DA. Turley said that Willis and Nathan Wade were ‘undermining’ their case,” The Daily Caller reported.
“The damage is already done for Willis, and in many ways, she’s really magnifying that damage with her moves,” Turley told “America Reports” co-host John Roberts. “She filed a motion before the court that attacked the estranged wife of her alleged lover as an adulterer and political conspirator. It was the worst possible tack that she could have taken.”
“She could have just said, ‘I’m not relevant,’ she could have said a deposition is not needed, and instead, she did this full-on attack, and that only raises further questions,” Turley continued. “I mean, you have the original decision that she made, which in my view is deeply unethical, in hiring someone she had an alleged intimate relationship with. But she compounded that afterwards in her response. It’s clear that Mr. Wade and Willis, herself, are undermining the case for her office.”
On Monday, a judge in Cobb County, Georgia, made a ruling allowing the unsealing of documents in Nathan Wade’s divorce case. Attorneys representing Michael Roman, a former Trump campaign aide, filed a motion on Jan. 8, claiming that Willis, whose office paid Wade over $640,000 to assist in prosecuting the former president, was involved in a romantic relationship with Willis.
According to billing records obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation, Nathan Wade reportedly earned $250 an hour for his work on the case against Trump, in contrast to the $200 hourly rate for John Floyd, a RICO expert. Additional documents obtained by the DCNF indicate that Floyd was initially compensated at a rate of $150 an hour, the outlet reported.
“She went to this conspiratorial argument and called anyone raising these questions racist,” Turley said. “There are experts on both the left and the right who have said that she and Wade should recuse themselves, and in many ways, it’s ironic. She accused Trump of not listening to the legal experts about the law and the election. She’s doing the same thing.”
In her filing, the estranged wife of Wade submitted evidence to a court in Cobb County, Georgia, indicating he bought plane tickets for Willis so they could go on vacations together.
The Friday court filing contained evidence that the couple had taken trips to Aruba, Miami, and San Francisco, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Credit card statements presented in Joycelyn Wade’s divorce case revealed the purchase of two tickets from Atlanta to San Francisco, each priced at $817.80, the outlet noted.
BREAKING: District Attorney Fani Willis’ alleged romantic partner Nathan Wade paid for plane tickets to Miami and San Francisco in her name, bank statements contained in a Friday court filing made by Wade’s wife in their divorce case show. pic.twitter.com/hc4pC48Kdz
— Katelynn Richardson (@katesrichardson) January 19, 2024
Additionally, the statements showed various other charges, including payments totaling thousands of dollars to cruise lines and tour companies, although these expenses could not be linked to specific individuals, according to reports.
It isn’t clear whether Willis reimbursed Nathan Wade for the expenses and whether the two of them stayed in the same room.
These trips took place between 2022 and 2023, which was after Willis had appointed Nathan Wade as the special prosecutor in her racketeering case against former President Donald Trump.
“Since Plaintiff filed for divorce, he has taken trips to San Francisco and Napa Valley, to Florida and even gone on Caribbean cruises, enjoyed a trip to Belize, another to the country of Panama and even just last month took a trip to Australia,” the Friday filing said, NBC News reported.