Fani Willis Responds After Trump Ruling, Praising Herself

( – On March 24, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, 52, spoke out for the first time since Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee’s ruling that allowed her to remain on the Georgia 2020 election interference case against former President Donald Trump.

Willis claimed she is the only district attorney, in Georgia and across the country, with “the courage” to prosecute Trump. She said whether or not she is in a relationship is not newsworthy, adding that the media needs to “leave all the drama behind” and focus on “the charges, the facts.”

During an interview with CNN, she said the proceedings over her personal relationship with Wade have not delayed the case against the former president and his co-defendants, saying, “The train is coming.” She also stated that she is “not embarrassed” by what she has done.

Steve Sadow, an attorney for Trump, responded to Willis’ comments, writing on Twitter that her speaking to the media was ignoring McAffee’s warning about discussing “the case in a public forum.” In another tweet, Sadow wrote that “political ambition, opportunism, and pretentiousness” do not equal courage.

On Twitter, Georgia State University law professor Anthony Michael Kreis said, “out of an abundance of caution,” Willis should “not talk to the media.”

In February, Willis appeared before McAfee for an evidentiary hearing after attorney Ashleigh Merchant, who represents a co-defendant in the Georgia 2020 election interference case and former Trump campaign staffer Michael Roman, alleged that special prosecutor Nathan Wade and Willis had an “improper” affair. Merchant argued that Willis’ personal relationship with Wade was a conflict of interest. However, McAfee found there was insufficient evidence to prove the conflict of interest claims, calling it a “tremendous lapse in judgment.” He ruled that Willis could remain on the case, but only if Wade was removed from working on the case.

McAfee, appointed by Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp last year, stated that attorneys for Trump’s co-defendants can appeal his ruling.

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