Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is prosecuting former President Donald Trump on charges stemming from the former president’s alleged attempts to “overturn” the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, recently responded to allegations that she had an affair with a lead Trump prosecutor, saying such accusations are racially motivated.
Willis was recently accused by Michael Rowan, one of the 19 co-defendants in the district attorney’s case against Trump, of having a “romantic” relationship with a top Trump prosecutor she appointed, Nathan Wade.
Rowan’s filing alleges that Willis and Wade “have been engaged in an improper, clandestine personal relationship during the pendency of this case, which has resulted in the special prosecutor, and, in turn, the district attorney, profiting significantly from this prosecution at the expense of the taxpayers.”
After days of Rowan’s accusations spiraling across the mainstream media, Willis has finally responded to such allegations in a way most democrats do by blaming any criticisms against her on race.
While speaking at the Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Jan. 15, 2024, Willis centered her remarks on the factor that race has played in accusations against her and Wade.
“I’m a little confused. I appointed three special counselors. It’s my right to do, paid them all the same hourly rate. They only attack one,” Willis said.
“I hired one White woman, a good personal friend and a great lawyer, a superstar, I tell you. I hired one White man — brilliant — my friend and a great lawyer. And I hired one Black man, another superstar, a great friend and a great lawyer,” she added.
Fani Willis Defends Hiring Her Boyfriend To Go After Trump, Blames Racism
"I hired one white woman…I hired one white man… And I hired one Black man… Isn't it them who's playing the race card?"https://t.co/Mi23HlzUgX
— Mr Producer (@RichSementa) January 15, 2024
The district attorney then said her accusers are “playing the race card” by specifically attacking Wade, who is Black.
“God, isn’t it them who’s playing the race card when they only question one?” she asked. “They’re playing the race card when they constantly think I need someone from some other jurisdiction in some other state to tell me how to do a job I’ve [done] almost 30 years.”
Following Willis’ remarks, Rowan’s attorney, Ashleigh Merchant, said that accusations against the district attorney were not race-based.
“This has nothing to do with the color of [Nathan Wade’s] skin,” Merchant said.