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Some Trump Charges Dismissed… Willis or Wade Must Step Aside… Wade Resigns as Lead Prosecutor of Georgia Election Interference Case

On Wednesday, March 13, 2024, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee dismissed some of the charges against the former president Donald J. Trump. McAfee oversees the Georgia election interference case against Trump.

Trump now faces 10 charges instead of 13. He is still accused of criminally conspiring to try to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

The six counts also implicated former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and former Trump campaign attorneys Robert Cheeley, John Eastman and Ray Smith.

McAfee dismissed six of the forty-one counts in the indictment against Trump and his co-defendants. The six charges that are dropped include two related to the phone calls that Trump and Meadows made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on January 2, 2021.

Another charge is related to a December 7, 2020 phone call Trump made to former Georgia House Speaker David Ralston urging him to convene a special session of the legislature to reverse Joe Biden’s narrow victory in the state. The third involves a letter Trump sent to Raffensperger in September 2021 calling on the secretary of state to overturn the election “and announce the true winner.”

McAfee explained his decision to dismiss the charges by saying “the lack of detail concerning an essential legal element is, in the undersigned’s opinion, fatal.”

On Friday, March 15, 2024, McAfee has declined to outright disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis, but ruled that either she or her prosecutor Nathan Wade must step aside from the case, due to the nature of their personal relationship that was recently discovered, citing that “the established record now highlights a significant appearance of impropriety that infects the current structure of the prosecution team.”

“The District Attorney may choose to step aside, along with the whole of her office, and refer the prosecution to the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council for reassignment.” “Alternatively, SADA Wade can withdraw, allowing the District Attorney, the Defendants, and the public to move forward without his presence or remuneration distracting from and potentially compromising the merits of this case.” McAfee continued that the defendants “failed to meet their burden of proving that the District Attorney acquired an actual conflict of interest.”

As of Friday evening, March 15th, Nathan Wade, the lead prosecutor in the Fulton County election interference case against Former President Trump and his co-defendants, resigned as special prosecutor. This move allows District Attorney Willis and the rest of her team to continue on the election interference case.

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