He Said, She Said: Nathan Wade Recounts 'Love Affair' With Fani Willis

By Javier Sanchez | Wednesday, 08 May 2024 01:00 AM
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In a recent interview with ABC's "Good Morning America," former Special Prosecutor Nathan Wade made a startling claim about his relationship with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

Wade, who was appointed by Willis to the election fraud case against Donald Trump in 2021, stated that their romantic involvement ended the instant they acknowledged their mutual affection. This assertion starkly contrasts with Willis's account of their relationship.

Wade, in his first interview since his resignation from the case in March, stated, "You don't plan to fall in love. You don't plan to have some relationship in the workplace. You don't set out to do that. Those things develop organically. They develop over time. The minute we had that sobering moment, we discontinued it."

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However, Willis's testimony in February contradicted Wade's narrative. She stated that there was "always" tension in their relationship and that they frequently had "brutal arguments" about her standing as his equal. "Mr. Wade is used to women that, as he told me one time, the only thing a woman can do for him is make him a sandwich," she said during a hearing focused on potential conflicts of interest in the election interference case against Trump and his allies. "I don't need anything from a man. A man is not a plan. A man is a companion."

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Wade, who separated from his wife years ago and reached a temporary settlement with her in January, along with Willis, has consistently maintained that their romantic relationship began in 2022, after his appointment to the Trump case, and ended in 2023. However, this claim was challenged when the defense lawyers presented evidence suggesting that the couple was involved before Wade's appointment, indicating a potential conflict of interest.

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Allegations were also made that Willis deliberately prolonged the case against Trump and his co-defendants, allowing Wade to earn more from the county, which he allegedly used to fund extravagant trips for her. Following several hearings, Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee ruled in March that there was a "significant appearance of impropriety" in the hiring, leading to Wade's resignation on the same day.

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When asked by ABC News' Linsey Davis if he regretted his relationship with Willis, who is still prosecuting the case, Wade responded, "I regret that a private matter became the focal point of this very important prosecution. This is a very important case. I hate that my personal life has begun to overshadow the true issues in the case."

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Throughout the interview, Wade seemed to downplay the scandalous affair that continues to threaten the DA's case against the former president. "Workplace romances are as American as apple pie," he said, adding, "It happens to everyone. But it happened to the two of us."

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