Updated Mar 15, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Special prosecutor Wade resigned from Trump's Georgia election case

Nathan Wade sits in court reading from a paper into a microphone. He is wearing a gray suit and glasses.

Fulton County Special Prosecutor Nathan Wade testifies during a hearing on Feb. 15 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Alyssa Pointer-Pool/Getty Images

Special prosecutor Nathan Wade stepped down from the 2020 election interference case in Fulton County, Georgia, multiple outlets reported.

Why it matters: Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis will go forward in the case against former President Trump as he vies for a second term.

  • Willis will have to appoint or hire another lead prosecutor.
  • "I am offering my resignation in the interest of democracy, in dedication to the American public, and to move the case forward as quickly as possible," Wade wrote in a letter addressed to Willis.

Catch up quick: Judge Scott McAfee ruled on Friday that either Willis or Wade had to leave the case after defense lawyers accused her of improperly benefiting from her romantic relationship with Wade.

  • McAfee ruled that their relationship brought no actual conflict of interest, despite finding the "appearance of impropriety."
  • Wade acknowledged the lack of conflict of interest in his letter.

Zoom out: Trump faces more than half a dozen counts in Georgia related to his efforts to subvert 2020 election results.

  • McAfee dismissed six counts in the indictment on Wednesday, including three against Trump.
  • Willis charged a total of 19 co-defendants, including Trump.

The latest: "I am sure that the case, and the team, will be in good hands moving forward and justice will be served," Wade wrote.

  • "You, the team on this case, and the entire office have my prayers for your safety and your success in the pursuit of justice."

The other side: Trump responded on Truth Social, calling Wade "The Fani Willis lover" and saying the prosecutor "resigned in disgrace."

Go deeper: Trump's Georgia case can continue if Willis or special prosecutor leave: judge

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