Fani Willis, the Fulton County, Georgia, district attorney in charge of an election-interference case against former President Donald Trump has found herself at the center of a brewing scandal after one of Trump’s co-defendants filed a bombshell allegation with the court this week.
Mike Roman accused Willis of engaging in an “improper” romantic relationship with Nathan Wade, a top prosecutor in the case. Not only did the filing assert that Wade was unqualified and received a large salary that helped fund his extravagant getaways with Willis, but it also referenced two meetings he allegedly had with White House attorneys in the months before the charges against Trump were announced last year.
Now, U.S. Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) is aiming to get to the bottom of the Biden administration’s possible ties to the Georgia indictment.
I demanded President Biden provide transparency about the White House’s meetings with Fani Willis’s top prosecutor before Willis indicted Trump.
If no transparency is provided we will have no choice but to subpoena all involved.https://t.co/IVnHvTYV35
— Lance Gooden (@Lancegooden) January 10, 2024
In an inquiry letter to the White House, he wrote: “It has come to light that Mr. Wade, while working on the investigation into President Trump’s alleged election interference, billed Fulton County for two separate meetings with White House Counsel in May and November of 2022. This information, revealed in a recent court filing, suggests a concerning level of coordination between the White House and those leading politically sensitive investigations.”
Gooden continued by insisting that the evidence is “especially concerning given the alleged personal relationship between Ms. Willis and Mr. Wade and the financial benefits they reportedly received during the course of the investigation.”
Any involvement by the White House, he wrote, “undermines that confidence and suggests a misuse of power for political ends.”
His letter concluded with requests for specific information, including which White House staffers, attorneys or advisers were involved in discussions related to the Fulton County case as well as relevant visitor logs and other documents.
For his part, Trump has cited the revelations against Willis as sufficient cause to drop the charges against him and the other co-defendants.
In remarks to reporters on Tuesday, he insisted that the “case is totally compromised, adding: “It’s illegal. What she did is illegal. So we’ll let the state handle that, but what a sad situation it is.”