Mar 18, 2024 - Politics

Fani Willis won the battle. The war rages on.

A woman wearing a red dress and pearls sits in a courtroom and looks toward the camera

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis at the county courthouse this month in Atlanta. Photo: Alex Slitz/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis avoided disqualification from Georgia's election interference case against former President Donald Trump, but other threats that jeopardize her role are looming.

Why it matters: Willis is the subject of ongoing investigations from state lawmakers, while a new state commission with extensive powers over prosecutors could also take action against her.

Catch up quick: On Friday, Fulton Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee ruled that the case could move forward as long as either Willis or special prosecutor Nathan Wade, with whom Willis is accused of having an improper relationship, stepped down. Wade stepped aside shortly thereafter.

What they're saying: In his ruling, McAfee said his decision should not indicate that the court supports Willis' "tremendous lapse in judgment" or what he called her "unprofessional manner" during tense testimony at an evidentiary hearing last month.

  • "Rather, it is the undersigned's opinion that Georgia law does not permit the finding of an actual conflict for simply making bad choices – even repeatedly," the ruling reads.

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