As we wait for the California State Bar judge to return her verdict in the state’s wrongly brought and highly political disbarment proceeding against me, there have been major developments in two other lawfare cases that I am fighting.
As the saying goes, the worm has turned in the case brought against me, President Trump and 17 others in Georgia. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is now under investigation for conduct that is grossly in violation of legal ethics such that it is entirely possible that she and her top prosecutor could be removed from the case. It’s even possible that the case could be dismissed, or be referred to the state’s Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council to determine how to proceed.
Fani Willis is the partisan DA who ran for office on the explicit promise of “getting” Donald Trump. In her zeal to go after the former president, she’s scooped up me and many others who were involved in helping President Trump lawfully question the legitimacy of election results and procedures in Georgia and elsewhere. She calls it a “conspiracy” that violates the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Her hope is to land us all in prison for as many as twenty years.
Now, it appears that it is Ms. Willis who may have engaged in corruption.
Ms. Willis hired Mr. Nathan Wade as her top prosecutor in this case. It was seen as a curious hire by some, including the New York Times, because Mr. Wade does not have much experience prosecuting major criminal cases, let alone elections matters or racketeering cases. Nonetheless, Ms. Willis has authorized some $700,000 in payments to Mr. Wade thus far.
Thanks to documents uncovered in Mr. Wade’s ongoing divorce proceeding (he reportedly filed for divorce the day after receiving the lucrative contract from Fani Willis), Wade has paid for lavish non-work-related trips for himself and Ms. Willis. Here’s how one legal filing described the situation:
“Since Plaintiff filed for divorce, he has taken trips to San Francisco and Napa Valley, to Florida and even gone on Caribbean cruises, enjoyed a trip to Belize, another to the country of Panama and even just last month took a trip to Australia. The evidence is clear that Ms. Willis was an intended travel partner for at least some of these trips as indicated by flights he purchased for her to accompany him.” The filling included copies of receipts.
Ms. Willis has not denied that she has a romantic relationship with Nathan Wade, nor has she denied that he paid for her to accompany him on lavish trips. Instead, she claims that the allegations are being made because of racism.
Legal ethics require prosecutors to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. Here, if the allegations are proven, Ms. Willis would have an actual conflict because she will have personally profited from her prosecution of me, President Trump and the other defendants in this case.
Judge Scott McAfee has scheduled a hearing on February 15th to examine the allegations against Ms. Willis. Ms. Willis has been ordered to submit written briefing to the judge by February 2nd. Meanwhile, the Georgia Senate is moving forward with legislation to create a special senate committee with subpoena power to investigate the matter.
Obviously, this is an ongoing development that could take any number of further turns in the days to come.
Meanwhile, however, Ms. Willis’ office is moving full speed ahead on her prosecution of me and the others. I’ve already incurred a fortune in legal fees. While I’m very blessed to have received over $600,000 in donations to my legal defense fund, the costs I’ve incurred thus far are currently three times as much.
My family and I are not in a position to handle these extraordinary legal costs by ourselves. I urgently hope that you will act today to help us address the shortfall we are facing and defend against the other lawfare attacks we are facing.
Meanwhile, in Washington DC where federal special counsel Jack Smith is prosecuting President Trump (and where I have been named an unindicted co-conspirator), the case has been embroiled in the legal question of presidential immunity. Mr. Smith asked the US Supreme Court to rule that President Trump was not immune from prosecution, but the Supreme Court did not accept the case, preferring for the DC Circuit Court of Appeals to first review the matter. A hearing on the issue was held in Washington, DC on January 9th and a ruling is pending. The losing side could then request an en banc review by the full DC Circuit Court of Appeals and following that ruling, a second appeal to the Supreme Court.
Until these appeals are resolved, the federal district court judge overseeing the case against President Trump has put the trial date on hold. It has been Jack Smith’s clear desire to try President Trump before the November election, but it’s unclear if that can be done depending on the timing of how things play out.
Even though I have not been indicted in Jack Smith’s case against President Trump – I did nothing but provide President Trump legitimate legal advice based on the law and Constitution – I have been named an “unindicted co-conspirator” in this case. Now leftwing legal “analysts” are openly speculating that I and the other unindicted co-conspirators will be indicted and tried in D.C. federal court as well.
The ferocity and extent of the various lawfare attacks against me were unimaginable. The State Bar disbarment verdict and potential appeal, fighting off an attempt to have me disbarred by the US Supreme Court, the Georgia prosecution that seeks to land me in prison, and potential prosecution in Washington, DC by Joe Biden’s DOJ hand-picked special counsel Jack Smith are each, by themselves, a monumental undertaking. But taken together, they are collectively overwhelming.
I am likely going to need to raise over $3 million to contend with the totality of the lawfare assault being waged against me. There’s no way I can defend myself without the help of good people like you.
The left is trying to ruin me and, in the process, send a clear message to other conservative lawyers that they dare not lend legal expertise to any candidate or cause that challenges their leftwing agenda.
I am going to fight the radical left as long as it takes to win, but I can’t do it alone.Your immediate donation today will make a real difference.
If at all possible, please also consider pledging a monthly donation of an amount of your choosing. With so many uncertainties at play, it is very likely that I will be tied up in legal proceedings for much if not all of 2024. Knowing that I can count on your support each month throughout this ordeal would be a real blessing and source of comfort.
Thank you for your friendship and support. Please keep me and my family in your prayers.
Attorney for President Donald Trump