Attorney Ga. files a motion to leave the Trump case in place

ATLANTA, Georgia (Atlanta News First) – Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has filed a motion to dismiss an appeal that could sideline her and her office from prosecuting former President Donald Trump and his Republican Party allies in their attempt to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election.

In the motion, Willis argued that the appeal should be dismissed “for lack of sufficient evidence.”

The push to remove Willis from the case came after an explosive lawsuit that revealed the district attorney’s ties to former special prosecutor Nathan Wade.

Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee concluded in March that there was no conflict of interest that would force Willis to recuse himself from the case – if Wade were removed from the case. However, McAfee granted Trump and the other defendants’ request to appeal his ruling.

The Georgia Court of Appeals has suspended all election interference proceedings in Fulton County. The stay means that all trials, arguments, rulings and other matters will be suspended until the appellate court issues a ruling on the cases it is currently reviewing – including whether it will disbar Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from prosecuting the case. The court is also hearing an appeal on dropped charges in the election interference case.

In August 2023, Trump and 18 of his Republican Party allies were indicted for allegedly trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. Willis and her office issued an indictment.

Trump’s lead lawyer, Steve Sadow, released the following statement:

The state’s motion to dismiss the appeal, which has already been allowed by the Court of Appeals, appears to be a last-ditch effort to stave off any appellate review of prosecutor Willis’ misconduct. The state’s motion intentionally omitted to mention that Judge McAfee’s ruling found that an “odor of lies” remained from the hearing of the district attorney and state witnesses. The judge also said there were “reasonable questions” whether Willis and former prosecutor Wade testified untruthfully. The state has tried this stunt before, but without success.

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment further on the request.