Trump Lawyers Target Records Between White House and Fani Willis Prosecutor

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His attorneys say special counsel Jack Smith ’must produce any documents further reflecting this coordination.’

Former President Donald Trump filed court papers demanding records that may show coordination between prosecutors in Georgia and the Biden administration.

On Tuesday, his attorneys said they wish to see court records relating to a reported meeting between White House officials and top Fulton County, Georgia, prosecutor Nathan Wade, who was hired by Fulton County District Attorney in her case against the former president.

The request was part of a 68-page filing that also accused federal special prosecutor Jack Smith of concealing evidence about his collaboration with the Biden administration. His lawyers claimed that it obtained redacted documents through a Freedom of Information Act request that allegedly found that “politically motivated operatives in the Biden Administration and the National Archives and Records Administration” were coordinating with Mr. Smith.

But in a separate section of the court filing, his lawyers said that “communications between the Biden administration and prosecutors in Georgia regarding any of the pending prosecutions of President Trump are similarly supportive of President Trump’s political bias defense and must be disclosed.”

“Evidence demonstrating that parts of the Biden Administration coordinated with Georgia prosecutors to file additional politically motivated charges—while the same White House Counsel’s Office was coordinating with NARA during the investigation—supports President Trump’s defense that the Biden Administration was coordinating behind the scenes to try to eliminate President Biden’s leading political rival,” the court papers state. “The Special Counsel’s Office must produce any documents further reflecting this coordination.”

It claimed that Fulton County special prosecutor Nathan Wade “helped coordinate with the Biden Administration in 2022” and that one of his “invoices indicates that he devoted eight hours to a ‘conf. with White House Counsel’ on May 23, 2022.” Later, another invoice showed that he spent eight hours at an “interview” in Washington, D.C., and the White House on Nov. 18, 2022, according to the court filing.

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That November date is the same day that Attorney General Merrick Garland issued the order to appoint Mr. Smith as special counsel and “just after President Trump formally announced his candidacy in the 2024 election on Nov. 15, his lawyers said.

The filing was made to U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, who is overseeing Mr. Smith’s case against President Trump, who is accused of illegally retaining classified information.

Mr. Wade has not issued any public comments about the recent allegations. The Epoch Times has contacted his law firm for comment about the recent court filings about the meetings in Washington.

Those court papers made no mention of recent claims raised last week that Mr. Wade and Ms. Willis engaged in an improper relationship and that Mr. Wade allegedly took her on vacations while he was being paid by the district attorney’s office. A former Trump official who was charged in Fulton County alongside the former president made the accusations last week, although few details were provided.

“Instead of handling this case within her office, as she could have done,” Ms. Willis “chose to hire a private special prosecutor to preside over the case,” Mr. Roman’s attorney wrote. As result, she used the case to “pay her partner a large sum of money,” it alleged.

Regarding those claims, Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee on Thursday set a hearing about the romantic relationship allegations.

Fulton County special prosecutor Nathan Wade, left, and executive district attorney Daysha Young confer during a hearing in the 2020 Georgia election interference case at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta, Ga., on Dec. 1, 2023. (John David Mercer/Getty Images)
Fulton County special prosecutor Nathan Wade, left, and executive district attorney Daysha Young confer during a hearing in the 2020 Georgia election interference case at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta, Ga., on Dec. 1, 2023. (John David Mercer/Getty Images)

During her first public comments on the allegations, Ms. Willis pushed back that she did anything improper in the Trump case, suggesting that race played a role in the criticism and allegations. She did not provide any evidence.

“First thing they say, ‘Oh, she’s going to play the race card now,’” Ms. Willis, a Democrat, said during a Sunday event at an Atlanta church. “Isn’t it them that’s playing the race card when they only question one? Isn’t it them playing the race card when they constantly think I need someone from some other jurisdiction in some other state to tell me how to do a job I’ve been doing almost 30 years?

“You did not tell me as a woman of color, it would not matter what I did. My motive, my talent, my ability, and my character would be constantly attacked.”

A spokesman for the Fulton County district attorney’s office, Jeff DiSantis, told local media outlets over the weekend that he has never heard of any alleged relationship between the two and that there was no common knowledge about the matter. He said the district attorney’s office will respond to Ms. Merchant’s allegations in filings and in court.

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