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MTG Moves to Have DA Willis Disbarred Over Behavior In Trump Case

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Though Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee refused to disqualify District Attorney Fani Willis from her case against Donald Trump last week, one of the president’s staunchest allies is moving to have her disbarred.

Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene “has filed a complaint asking for the disbarment of… Willis over her relationship with a prosecutor she hired for her Georgia election interference case” against Trump, Newsweek reported.

In a post to the X platform, Greene said she was pursuing disbarment against Willis “for her corrupt actions.”

Willis “should’ve been removed from her political persecution of President Trump after it was revealed she went on lavish vacations with her lover Nathan Wade,” Greene wrote, adding: “The lover she paid HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of dollars! Unfit to serve!”

She wrote in a complaint filed with the State Bar of Georgia on Wednesday that she was “requesting an investigation of Fani Willis, her suspension, and her disbarment,” Bloomberg News reported.

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According to the outlet, Greene criticized the judge presiding over the election interference case for failing to disqualify Willis and for not concluding that she lied on the witness stand regarding her relationship with Wade, the special prosecutor hired by Willis.

Anyone can file a complaint against a lawyer practicing in Georgia. However, the proceedings are confidential, so it wouldn’t be publicly known if the Georgia State Bar decides to investigate or dismiss Greene’s complaint. Ultimately, the Supreme Court of Georgia has the final authority over any public discipline against a lawyer, Newsweek added.

Earlier this week, McAfee declared that Trump and his co-defendants could file an appeal against the ruling that rejected the disqualification of Willis.

“Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee on Wednesday issued a certificate of immediate review, allowing Trump and eight co-defendants to seek an appeal of the order. The Georgia Court of Appeals has 45 days to decide whether they will hear the case from March 15, when the order was issued. Under Georgia law, the Georgia Court of Appeals is not required to hear the case,” Fox News reported.

McAfee decided not to disqualify Willis from leading the Trump case, provided that she gets rid of her romantic partner, Nathan Wade, who has since stepped away.

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In light of McAfee’s criticism of Willis’s actions, legal experts now believe that her resignation would benefit both her case against Trump and her career.

Although the judge did not find Willis guilty of perjury or financial misconduct regarding Wade, he did note that her actions were troubling.

In his decision last week, McAfee hinted at an “odor of mendacity” in Willis’s testimony concerning her relationship with Wade, who resigned in response to the judge’s remarks. Eighteen co-defendants are in the case against Trump, which centers on allegations of a conspiracy to sway the 2020 presidential election.

Willis may face challenges to her law license from the State Bar of Georgia, even though the ruling permits her to pursue the case. Based on available information, experts do not believe the challenges will succeed, but Willis may encounter resistance from other state regulators.

Shortly after the decision, trial attorney and adjunct professor Andrew George of the Georgetown Law Center told USA TODAY, “She survived today; she survived this opinion, but this is not going away.”

“The scrutiny is going to only build and build because her presentation and Mr. Wade’s presentation during this process were not convincing.” George continued. “If it were proven that she lied under oath, I think that would be grounds for disbarment. However, that would probably require more proof than currently exists.”

It is unlikely that Willis will face disciplinary action from the State Bar, according to Anthony Michael Kreis, a law professor at Georgia State University.

“Whether that’s a relationship or dating or just flirting, that’s really something that’s so subjective and so beholden in the eye of the beholder, that you can’t really prove that with a kind of degree of accuracy,” he explained to USA Today.

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