A co-defendant of Trump named Michael Roman claims Willis inappropriately appointed attorney Nathan Wade—whom he claims she was dating—as a special prosecutor and profited financially from Wade’s more than $650,000 fee for his involvement on the case. Wade’s divorce court records, which Roman is attempting to get opened, he believes, include information about Willis and Wade’s connection that is confidential. One day after assuming his position as special prosecutor in 2021, Wade sought for divorce from his 26-year marriage.
According to Bloomberg, Joycelyn Wade, Wade’s wife, filed a subpoena requesting that Willis appear in person on Tuesday. Willis requested a court to halt the subpoena in an urgent move on Thursday.
According to Willis’ personal attorney Cinque Axam, “the parties agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken and the concept of fault is not at issue, so there is no information that District Attorney Willis could provide that might prove relevant to granting or denying the divorce,” the Journal said. In addition, he charged Joycelyn Wade with “obstructing and interfering” in the Trump legal proceedings. allegedly “has conspired with interested parties in the criminal Election Interference Case to use the civil discovery process to annoy, embarrass, and oppress” Willis as well as “damage her professional reputation,” Axam wrote to Bloomberg.
The lawsuit also states, according to Bloomberg, that Joycelyn Wade “confessed to an adulterous relationship” with her husband’s “longtime friend,” and that the marriage was dissolved as early as 2017.
In response, Willis “appears to be doing everything she can to avoid having to account for inconvenient and difficult facts,” according to Roman’s lawyer on Thursday. Roman and Trump have contended that, given the purported conflict of interest, the lawsuit against them ought to be dropped. Additionally, there have been allegations that Wade is unfit to serve as special prosecutor; however, Willis attributes these assertions to racial intolerance. By February 2nd, a court ordered Willis to provide a written response to the claims. The next court date is February 15. On January 31, there will be a hearing that might result in the divorce records being opened.