Nearly 90 minutes after her dramatic testimony in a Georgia courtroom, Fulton County Prosecutor Fani Willis gave a nuanced response indicating that her “physical” relationship with prosecutor Nathan Wade ended before Donald Trump and 18 associates were charged with conspiracy to extort.
But it was not entirely clear whether the relationship itself had completely ended before the explosive accusation.
Deep into her testimony about the “romantic” relationship she did not reveal to colleagues and when it began, Wills came under pressure when the couple split, after revelations that they were a couple opened Trump’s prosecutions in Georgia.
“The romantic relationship ended before the indictment was handed down, yes or no?” Trump attorney Steven Sadow asked inside a Fulton County courthouse on Friday.
“To a man, yes,” she said, indicating that the “physical” relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade had ended at that point.
‘A man yes, not you?’ Sadow continued.
Fulton County Prosecutor Fani Willis made a dramatic appearance in court where she said her “physical” relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade ended before Donald Trump’s impeachment in her state.
—Did the next accusation have anything to do with that? she pressed her.
Willis had set out his views on the differences between men and women that were crucial to his answer. It was one of many times the district attorney offered flashy and sometimes superfluous information at the blockbuster hearing, including his preference for Gray Goose vodka, the fact that he kept a stash of up to $15,000 in cash in his home and did not He ventured to guess which continent Belize was on after traveling there with his llama.
“Let’s go ahead and have a conversation,” Willis said.
‘Mister. Wade is used to women, as he once told me, the only thing a woman can do for him is make him a sandwich. …I don’t need anything from a man. A man is not a plan. “A man is a companion,” Willis said.
‘I don’t need anyone to pay my bills. The only man who has paid all my bills is my dad.
“So it’s clear that the physical relationship ended before the accusation,” Sadow asked.
“I’m not sure the difficult conversation didn’t happen until later, but the physical relationship. I’m sure if you asked Mr. Wade, because he’s a man, he would say we broke up in June or July, because the physical contact ended then.” “he explained.
‘In my opinion, being a woman, everything ends when you have such a hard conversation. I just think women and men think differently.’
Attorney Steve Sadow and attorney Chris Anulewicz, who represents defendant Robert Cheeley, talk to each other during a break in a hearing in the State of Georgia’s case against Donald John Trump at the Fulton County Courthouse on Feb. 15, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia. . Sadow pressured Willis when he broke up with Wade
A furious Fani Willis has responded to “extremely offensive” allegations that she slept with her former prosecutor boyfriend Nathan Wade the first time they met while she took the stand and fought for her survival in Donald Trump’s election fraud case.
A lawyer for Donald Trump asked Wade about the source of the cash he said Willis gave him, and whether Willis simply took cash out of his pocket. “I didn’t ask him,” he said.
In either scenario, DA and the prosecutor who signed a contract to help lead his team were jointly committed to the task even while maintaining a relationship.
Wade and Willis each testified that the romantic relationship began in 2022, after she brought him in.
The two also said they met at a court conference in 2019, although Willis strongly denied having any relations with Wade at the time.
“I’m not being judged, no matter how much you try to put me on trial,” she told Merchant.
Sadow also questioned Wade about the end of the relationship, asking him if there was ‘any personal relationship’ at that time.
‘Are you asking me if I had sex with the district attorney?’ Wade responded.
‘The answer would be no.’
-You say personal. “We are very good friends,” he told Sadow. ‘Probably closer than ever because of these attacks. But if you ask me about specific sexual relationships, the answer is no.
Although attorneys often coach witnesses to give brief answers on the stand, Willis gave long, detailed answers while showing obvious fury toward some of the attorneys questioning her.
Talking about her trips with Wade and the food and drinks they had, she said he likes wine.
‘To be honest with you, I don’t really like wine. I like Gray Goose,” she admitted.
Sadow also pressed her about the beginning of their relationship, after Ashleigh Merchant and other lawyers tried to establish that the couple were dating before they claimed and before Wade was hired.
“Did you have contact with Mr. Wade in 2020?” Sadow asked.
He said they had “very limited contact” due to “a form of cancer which makes his accusation somewhat ridiculous.”
“I’m not going to castrate a black man,” he told him, emphatically repeating the phrase. ‘Did you understand that?’ she asked.
Willis also said he did not know the details of the locations of Wade’s work trips, and spoke in some detail about four trips he said they took together. He said he booked cruises through a travel agent and reimbursed her $2,500 in cash for an excursion.
‘Take the trip to Belize, for example. That was a birthday trip for me, so I didn’t pay anything for that trip,” she said of his 50th birthday show.
At one point, Sadow asked about the “horde of cash” he was carrying to different locations. “The money would be wherever I put my head.”
When he said “horde,” she said, “I thought you said something else.”
“As a woman, you should have at least six months’ worth of cash in your home at all times,” she advised. She said her father, whom Merchant wants to call as a witness, “bought me a safe and I have cash in the house.”
“If you’re a woman and you’re on a date with a man, you’d better have $200 just in case,” she further advised.
Willis said that on his “worst days” he had $500 in cash. “On my best days, I probably had $15,000 in cash in my house,” she said.
At another time, he said he kept $9,000 at home.
The details were revealed in a dramatic hearing before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee on whether Willis’ office should be disqualified from the case.
Trump and 18 co-defendants are accused of a variety of racketeering and other charges related to Trump’s attempt to overturn the election results in the state, which were favorable to Joe Biden.