JUST IN: Judge Reveals Fani Willis’ Fate On Trump Case

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As long as her romantic partner and subordinate, Nathan Wade, is removed from the case, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis may carry on leading the Georgia prosecution against former President Donald Trump, according to a ruling by a state judge.

The shocking ruling, which Fulton Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee had promised to be made public today, gives Willis a limited course of action following the disclosure that she was having an extramarital affair with Wade and that they may have lied when they testified that their relationship started only after Wade was hired. Willis will have to take the case herself if Wade cannot be saved, the New York Times reports.

McAfee stated that his decision was based on the notion that “disqualification of a constitutional officer [is not] necessary when a less drastic and sufficiently remedial option is available,” in an effort to strike a medium ground. But he went on to say that it is evident “that the prosecution of this case cannot proceed until the State decides between two options.” Either “Wade can withdraw” or “the District Attorney may choose to step aside, along with her office,” allowing the case to go forward unhindered.

Willis has suffered severe self-inflicted wounds that will also cost her reviews by the U.S. House and a new Georgia panel that has the authority to remove prosecutors who abuse their position, even though the decision does not fully vindicate President Trump and his 14 co-defendants. In addition, she has a Republican opponent running against her later this year.

The action was taken soon after Judge McAfee dismissed three of the six allegations in the case against President Trump and all defendants, which were related to influencing state officials to break their oaths of office. Trump was previously accused by prosecutors for remarks he made to Republican Secretary of State Ben Raffensperger in which he allegedly demanded that he “find” more than 11,000 ballots in order to alter the results of the state’s 2020 election.

In the event that Willis moves forward with the case, she will be caught up in a backlog of delays pertaining to President Trump’s four criminal charges, which legal experts predict may prolong most or all of the trials well beyond Election Day. It is anticipated that President Trump will utilize his executive authority to at least drop the two federal prosecutions he is now facing if he is reelected to the presidency.

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