Trump Co-Defendant Seeks to Disqualify Georgia DA, Alleging ‘Improper’ Relationship With Prosecutor

Trump Co-Defendant Seeks to Disqualify Georgia DA, Alleging ‘Improper’ Relationship With Prosecutor

Mike Roman, a former Trump staffer facing criminal charges, did not provide any hard evidence to support the allegations

Michael Roman, a former Trump campaign staffer and a co-defendant in the Georgia election interference case involving the former president, has accused Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) and a prosecutor in the case of engaging in an “improper” romantic relationship.

Roman — who is seeking to disqualify Willis and the DA’s office from further prosecuting the case, and for the charges against him to be dismissed — claimed Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade of potentially committing “an act to defraud the public of honest services” based on her “intentional failure” to disclose the alleged relationship that he claims she “personally benefitted from.”

Roman’s lawyer, Ashleigh Merchant, accused Willis and Wade of having “violated laws regulating the use of public monies, suffer from irreparable conflicts of interest, and have violated their oaths of office under the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct and should be disqualified from prosecuting this matter.”

Although Roman alleged that the pair traveled to together to “traditional vacation destinations,” as The Hill points out, the new filing did not include documentation of those alleged trips. 

In 2022 and 2023, Wade was paid approximately $654,000 in legal fees as he worked on the investigation, according to county records authorized by the district attorney’s office, per the outlet.


Wade is accused of having “personally and financially benefited from his personal relationship with Willis since he has received lucrative amounts under his continued contracts with Willis,” the motion states, via The Hill. “He will continue to be incentivized to prosecute this case based on his personal and financial motives, so he has acquired a unique and personal interest or stake in Mr. Roman’s continued prosecution.” The Trump co-defendant has yet to bring forward any hard evidence of the allegations.

Last August, as Trump’s allies scrambled for legal methods to shut down the investigation in Georgia, the ex-president baselessly accused Willis of having an “affair” with a “gang member” she was prosecuting. Trump has repeatedly attempted to discredit prosecutors investigating him, from social media posts by the former president attacking Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (including an image of Trump wielding a baseball bat next to an image of Bragg’s head) to lashing out against U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan hours after being issued a gag order in the federal 2020 election interference trial.

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