Georgia Court To Consider Trump's Request That Fani Willis Be Disqualified

Fani Willis (Joe Raedle/Getty Images), Donald Trump (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

The Georgia Court of Appeals on Wednesday granted Donald Trump's request that the court review a previous ruling that had allowed Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis to continue prosecuting election interference charges against the former president.

Trump and his co-defendants had attempted to have Willis disqualified from the case, alleging that her affair with special prosecutor Nathan Wade created a conflict of interest and that Willis had improperly benefited from the relationship.

Willis claimed that their romantic relationship did not begin until after she had appointed Wade to the case in 2021, despite testimony from witnesses that it began in 2019.

Fulton County Superior Court judge Scott McAfee ruled in March that Willis would be allowed to stay on the case, but that Wade would have to be removed, due to the "appearance of impropriety." Wade resigned hours later, allowing the case to proceed.

Trump attorney Steve Sadow said in a statement that the former president "looks forward" to arguing why Willis "should be disqualified for her misconduct in this unjustified, unwarranted political persecution."

The appeal is likely to delay the case, increasing the possibility it will not be brought to trial before the November presidential election.