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Trump’s attorney argues that the prosecutor in Georgia election interference case should be removed

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ATLANTA — On Friday, Donald Trump’s legal representative, Steve ⁢Sadow, presented​ an argument to a Georgia judge, suggesting‌ that the lead prosecutor in the⁤ case against the former U.S.⁤ president should‌ be ⁣disqualified. The reason for this request was ⁢an alleged undisclosed affair with a top deputy,⁤ which the prosecutor may have lied about in court.

Sadow argued ⁢that Fulton County ⁤District Attorney​ Fani Willis’ sworn statement that ⁢her relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade only began after his employment was not ​believable. He stated, “The moment there’s a ‌hint of impropriety… Georgia law is unequivocal: That’s sufficient‍ grounds for disqualification.”

However, Prosecutor Adam Abbate⁤ refuted this claim, stating that three days⁢ of evidentiary⁤ hearings produced “no ⁢evidence” that Willis’ relationship infringed on the defendants’ constitutional ⁤rights to a fair ⁤trial. “For this ​reason, the ⁤disqualification motions should be rejected,” ⁤Abbate argued.

Judge Scott⁣ McAfee, after the⁣ hearing, expressed his intention to deliver a ruling within a fortnight, but did⁤ not hint at his potential decision.

Trump, who is currently leading⁣ the race for the 2024 ‌Republican presidential nomination, along with others, is charged with unlawfully ‌pressuring Georgia officials to ⁢reverse his⁤ 2020 election defeat in⁣ the state to President ‌Joe Biden. Trump and his 14 co-defendants have all ‌pleaded not guilty.

A ruling in favor of Trump⁢ and his allies could ⁤further complicate an already intricate⁣ racketeering case that may have a lengthy‌ journey ​to trial. If Willis⁤ is disqualified, it would not necessarily terminate the ‍case, as she could be⁢ replaced by another district attorney. However, ‍this could cause significant delays,​ and a new prosecutor might narrow the charges or decide not to proceed with the case.

The final arguments before ⁣McAfee on Friday came after a series of evidentiary hearings where Willis admitted to having⁤ an affair with Wade​ but accused a defense lawyer of lying about ⁤the timing and nature ‍of their relationship.

The affair was initially disclosed⁤ in a January‍ filing by a lawyer for Michael Roman, who argued that it constituted a conflict of interest and unjustly benefited Wade. Willis and⁣ Wade testified that​ their relationship only started after Wade’s employment, and ⁢prosecutors have argued that the relationship is irrelevant to the case as it ​did ‌not harm the defendants.

Defense ‍lawyers have accused the prosecutors of lying to the court, ​alleging that the relationship began before Wade’s employment. In court documents filed last‍ week, Trump’s lawyer referenced⁢ location data from Wade’s ‍cellphone, suggesting ​he made numerous late-night‌ visits to Willis’ home ⁣before his appointment.

Trump‍ is also facing indictments ‍in three other state or federal criminal cases. He is scheduled ⁣to stand trial⁤ on March 25 in New⁤ York in a ⁣case accusing him⁣ of⁢ illegally concealing hush money payments‌ to‍ a porn star. This‌ could be the only trial he faces ‍before the November⁤ election.

Trump has also been charged in Washington‍ over his attempts to reverse his 2020 election loss, but that case is on hold ‍until the U.S. ⁣Supreme Court decides whether he is immune from prosecution‌ for actions taken while in office. He is also under indictment in‍ Florida over his handling of classified documents ​upon⁣ leaving office. ‍The ⁣judge‌ overseeing that case held a hearing on⁤ Friday on Trump’s bid to move his​ May 20 trial date.

Trump has pleaded​ not guilty in all⁣ these ⁢cases and‌ claims they are part of a politically motivated scheme ⁣to undermine his ⁣bid for office. If ‌he wins ‌the‍ presidency, Trump could use his presidential powers to end the Washington and Florida ​cases‍ because they ⁣were brought in federal court. However, he would not have the power to halt​ the Georgia case as it was brought in‍ state court.

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