Appeals Court Gives Trump Huge News That Could Devastate Fani Willis

Appeals Court Gives Trump Huge News That Could Devastate Fani Willis

An appeals court granted former President Donald Trump a temporary victory on Wednesday by agreeing to review a lower court ruling allowing Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to remain on his criminal case in Georgia.

Trump contends that Willis’ prosecution is politically motivated and sought to have her removed from the case in March.

The situation gained attention due to Willis’ past romantic involvement with Fulton County prosecutor Nathan Wade, a fact acknowledged by both parties.

Trump and others involved in the case raised concerns about the DA’s personal and financial connections, but Superior Court Judge Scot McAfee ruled in April that Willis could continue overseeing the case.

Allegations regarding the relationship and financial ties between Willis and Wade led to Wade stepping back from leading the prosecution against Trump.

McAfee offered Trump the opportunity to appeal his decision, which the former president’s legal team pursued.

Georgia’s Court of Appeals announced on Wednesday that it would hear an appeal to McAfee’s ruling, as reported by CNN.

Steve Sadow, Trump’s attorney, stated to CNN that the presumptive 2024 Republican presidential nominee eagerly anticipates presenting arguments to the Georgia Court of Appeals on why the case should be dismissed and why Willis should be disqualified due to alleged misconduct.

Willis’ office declined to comment on the appellate court’s decision.

McAfee had previously ruled in March that Trump and others had not proven that Willis acquired an actual conflict of interest through her personal relationship and interactions with her lead prosecutor. However, he noted a significant appearance of impropriety that needed addressing.

CNN highlighted McAfee’s conclusion, where he outlined two options: either Willis’ office or Wade stepping away from the case.

Notably, no trial date has been set in Georgia.

In separate developments, Trump received favorable news on Tuesday regarding the postponement of the federal judge overseeing the Justice Department’s classified documents case against him.

Judge Aileen Cannon, in a ruling reported by Politico, emphasized the need to resolve pre-trial issues before setting a trial date.

This delay, coupled with the pending U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding presidential immunity in DOJ special counsel Jack Smith’s cases against Trump, suggests that neither trial is likely to commence before the November election.

Furthermore, the DOJ has brought conspiracy charges against Trump related to the January 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges in both Willis’ case and Smith’s federal cases.

On another legal front, Trump appeared in court in New York City for the ongoing “hush money” trial. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has charged Trump with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records related to payments made to former adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Trump denies the alleged affair with Daniels, who was ordered by a court to pay him damages for defamation, as per NBC News.

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