Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has defended her hiring of private attorney Nathan Wade as lead prosecutor in the election fraud case against former President Donald Trump and 14 others, suggesting that those who have questioned his ability are being unfair and possibly racist.
Knowles Gallant Timmons Partner Chris Timmons, a longtime former Georgia state prosecutor and RICO and jury trial expert, told USA Today that Willis’ failure to address the more serious allegations in the motion could raise more questions than answers about whether her hiring of Wade was justified and why she picked him for such a high-profile assignment.
“It’s not about the morality of it all, it’s about the legal ethics and being a good steward of taxpayer money,” said Timmons, who also serves as a ABC News legal consultant. “You don’t spend more than $600,000 in taxpayer money to help and hire a friend if they’re not qualified to do the job.”
Timmons said the two other private-sector lawyers also hired by Willis, John Floyd and Anna Cross, do have much more relevant experience for such a high-stakes prosecution.
Timmons, who said he is familiar with Wade’s legal background, said he “doesn’t have the experience that you would expect for somebody to run an investigation of this size.”
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