The judge has decided to proceed with an evidentiary hearing in the Trump Georgia 2020 election case.

On February 12, 2024 at 6:15 PM EST, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee announced that he will hold an evidentiary hearing on Thursday to address a motion filed by a co-defendant of former President Trump. The motion seeks to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and her office from prosecuting the 2020 election interference case in Georgia and to drop all charges against the co-defendant.

The co-defendant, Michael Roman, a former Republican National Committee staffer, alleges that Willis had an improper relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade. He claims that Wade was paid over $650,000 for his work with the D.A.’s office and that Willis benefited financially from the relationship, including trips and cruises. Judge McAfee has declined to quash subpoenas for Willis, Wade, and other witnesses to testify on Thursday, but it is uncertain if they will be required to do so.

Judge McAfee stated that the evidentiary hearing is necessary to establish the facts surrounding the alleged relationship and any potential personal benefits received. He also noted that some arguments made by Roman’s attorney, such as Wade’s lack of experience in handling racketeering cases, are not relevant to the motion.

The defense has also sought to quash motions for witness testimony, arguing that they are based on gossip rather than legal grounds. The Fulton County D.A.’s office has previously stated that there is no basis for dismissing the indictment and that none of the witnesses subpoenaed have relevant information.

In August, a grand jury in Fulton County indicted Trump and several of his associates on charges of election fraud, racketeering, and other offenses related to their alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election. So far, four out of the 19 charged have pleaded guilty, including three lawyers involved in the effort. Trump and the remaining defendants have pleaded not guilty.  

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