As ‘American as Apple Pie’?

( – Trying to justify their unjustifiable behavior, former special prosecutor Nathan Wade said his workplace romance with District Attorney Fani Willis is as “American as apple pie.”

Knowing he would not get any blowback, Wade told ABC News in an interview that aired on Good Morning America: “It happens to everyone. But it happened to the two of us.”

Both Wade Willis were working together in Georgia’s election-interference case against former President Donald Trump when the news of their relationship broke.

During the interview, Wade reflected on his relationship with Willis, stating, “It wasn’t lost upon the two of us that things could bleed over into the case and start to affect it. And so, we made the adult-like decision to do what we did.”

Willis had appointed Wade to lead the high-profile case against Trump and more than a dozen co-defendants in November 2021.

However, the relationship became a point of disagreement in January when a defense lawyer motioned for their disqualification due to the undisclosed romance and a conflict of interest.

In March, Wade stepped down to prevent Willis’s office from having to withdraw from the case after Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee issued a warning.

Although he did not find any substantial evidence of a conflict, McAfee criticized the situation for the lack of integrity.

He remarked that an “odor of mendacity remains” and slammed Willis for displaying such a “tremendous lapse in judgment.”

In light of the controversy, Wade told ABC, “I regret that that private matter became the focal point of this very important prosecution.”

He underscored the case’s significance and regretted that personal matters overshadowed it. He added, “My private life has nothing to do with the merits of that prosecution.”

Willis had dismissed the allegations that the affair created a conflict as “salacious” and “meritless.” She even claimed that she and Wade were not romantically involved at the time of his appointment as special prosecutor.

However, Trump’s co-defendants have argued that the affair compromised the prosecution’s legitimacy.

Wade distanced himself from the district attorney’s office in the interview, noting, “I do not speak for the district attorney’s office. As a matter of fact, I’m certain that they would rather me not be having this exchange with you.”

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