Fulton County Commissioners Demand Local Ethics Board Oversight for Fani Willis Amid Allegations

This week, Fulton County Commissioners made it clear that elected officials who receive county funds are considered as county employees. This move paves the way for ethics complaints to be addressed against embattled District Attorney Fani Willis.

On April 17, in a 4-2 vote with one abstention, the commissioners seemingly paved the way for the Fulton County Ethics Board to address complaints against Ms. Willis, whose office receives partial funding from taxpayers.

Earlier, the ethics board threw out two ethics complaints against Ms. Willis, contending that she held a state position and thus fell outside the county’s jurisdiction.

Yet, a complaint lodged by Holly Kesler, Georgia state director for Citizens Defending Freedom, still awaits resolution by the ethics board.

Ms. Willis has garnered attention after bringing racketeering and criminal conspiracy charges against former President Donald Trump and 18 co-defendants for their involvement in contesting the 2020 presidential election results. Subsequently, four of them have entered guilty pleas.

On January 8, an attorney representing co-defendant Michael Roman filed a motion alleging that Ms. Willis was engaged in an “inappropriate” relationship with attorney Nathan Wade. Wade was appointed by Ms. Willis as a special prosecutor in the racketeering case.

The motion claimed that Mr. Wade took Ms. Willis to “lavish” vacations to Florida, California, and the Caribbean, suggesting that she financially gained from this arrangement.

Both Ms. Willis and Mr. Wade have denied any allegations of wrongdoing.

Nevertheless, following a hearing on March 15 regarding the accusations, Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee determined that neither prosecutor could continue on the case. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Wade resigned from his position.

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By Hunter Fielding
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