Updated Mar 29, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Trump appeals ruling that let DA Fani Willis to stay on Georgia election case

Former President Trump on March 25 in New York City. Photo: Mary Altaffer-Pool/Getty Images

Former President Trump and several c0-defendants on Friday appealed the ruling that allowed Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to continue overseeing the Georgia 2020 election interference case.

The big picture: Trump's legal team has continuously sought to delay the four criminal cases proceeding against him while he campaigns for a second term.

Zoom in: The defendants again argue in the appeal that Willis' romantic romantic relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade caused a conflict of interest in the Georgia case.

  • "DA Willis has covered herself and her office in scandal and disrepute, as she has squandered her credibility and repeatedly and flagrantly violated the heightened ethical standards demanded of her position," the appeal states.
  • The DA's office did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

Catch up quick: Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee ruled earlier this month that Willis could stay on the case if either she or Wade stepped down, which Wade did the same day.

  • The judge emphasized his decision didn't indicate that the court supports the DA's "tremendous lapse in judgment."

State of play: Following the ruling, McAfee granted permission for Trump's lawyers to appeal the decision to the Georgia Court of Appeals before the start of a trial.

  • A trial start date has not yet been set.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional developments.

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