Glenn Kirschner, a former prosecutor and legal analyst, has criticised the Fani Willis scandal, which is being argued by an alleged co-conspirator of former President Trump. Willis, the district attorney for Fulton County, Georgia, is leading the investigation into Trump’s alleged efforts to interfere with and overturn the state’s 2020 presidential election results. The investigation resulted in a sweeping criminal indictment of the former president and numerous other co-conspirators on racketeering charges, to which he has pleaded not guilty.
Willis is now embroiled in a scandal over a romantic relationship she had with Nathan Wade, an outside attorney who was brought into her office to assist with the Trump investigation. Mike Roman’s legal team, one of the co-conspirators in the indictment, has argued that this relationship was improper and that Willis should not continue to lead the case. Willis acknowledged a “personal relationship” with Wade “during the pendency” of the investigation in a filing on Friday, but emphasised that it did not constitute a conflict of interest.
Kirschner joined the chorus of legal analysts, describing the alleged scandal as “much ado about nothing.” He believes it will be a moot point in court and will have no bearing on the RICO [racketeering] prosecution of Donald Trump and his criminal associates in Georgia.
Harry Litman, a former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and deputy assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice (DOJ) during the Clinton administration, gave a similar assessment of the Willis case, claiming that there was no conflict of interest but admitting that there appears to be “blood in the water.” Willis must respond in writing to the accusations made against her and Wade by February 2 in accordance with a previous decision by Georgia Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee. On February 15, an evidentiary hearing will follow.