Georgia Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee scheduled the hearing for Feb. 15.
The Georgia judge overseeing the state election charges against former President Donald Trump has ordered a hearing into allegations that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and the lead prosecutor in the case were involved in an improper relationship and mishandled taxpayer dollars.
Georgia Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee scheduled the hearing for Feb. 15 and ordered Willis to respond to the allegations in writing by Feb. 2, according to The Washington Post, after Trump co-defendant Mike Roman made the accusations in a court filing earlier this month.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee also wrote in his order that Willis must respond to the accusations in writing by Feb. 2. Willis has declined to directly address the explosive accusations that first came to light last week in a filing from one of Trump’s co-defendants, former campaign aide Mike Roman. The filing did not include evidence to substantiate the claims.
McAfee’s order, which was obtained and first reported by The Washington Post, could force Willis to address the allegations in televised court proceedings, a development that could at least be embarrassing for the district attorney and at worst derail the investigation completely. The district attorney separately signaled on Thursday that she plans to fight the efforts to disqualify her from the case, filing a motion to block a subpoena that could force her to testify in the contentious divorce case of her lead prosecutor, Nathan Wade.
Roman’s filing called for Willis and Wade to be disqualified and for the entire case to be dismissed. Roman, Trump and 13 others are accused of criminally conspiring to overturn Trump’s 2020 election loss in Georgia. Trump is the subject of three other criminal investigations, two of them in federal court and one in New York.
A spokesman for Willis on Thursday repeated the only statement the office has issued on the allegations so far — that “we will respond in court.”