Fani Willis Asks Court To Toss Donald Trump's Push For Her Dismissal

Fani Willis, district attorney of Fulton County, petitioned the court to vacate the appeal of a decision granting her a stay in the election subversion case involving the former president in Georgia, against Donald Trump.

Last month, Judge Scott McAfee rendered a decision permitting Willis to maintain his position as lead prosecutor, amidst controversies surrounding his personal association with Special Prosecutor Nathan Wade, an external counsel retained by Willis to aid in the investigation of Trump.

The case proceeded with Willis subsequent to Wade's resignation. However, Trump's legal team has maintained its allegations of malfeasance against Willis.

Late in March, an application to appeal McAfee's decision was submitted by Trump's attorneys. The petitioners contended that "the trial court committed a legal error by failing to mandate dismissal and the disqualification of DA Willis.

 In order to advance the appeal, the Georgia Court of Appeals must consent to hear the case. Additionally, Willis' office was afforded a ten-day period from the date of filing the application on March 29 to provide a response.

Willis filed a petition on Monday, in response to Trump's appeal effort, requesting that the judge dismiss Trump's appeal. In a 19-page filing, the prosecutor argued that Trump filed the appeal because he was dissatisfied with the trial court's decision.

Willis urged the appeals court to deny the application, noting in the filing that the trial court found no evidence of prosecutorial malfeasance or bias against the defendants.

Willis has presided over the investigation that resulted in Trump's criminal indictment on charges that he attempted to revoke the 2020 Georgia presidential election victory of President Joe Biden. The former president is charged with racketeering alongside a number of co-defendants.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee for 2024, Trump, entered a not-guilty plea to all charges. As he seeks re-election, he has maintained that his legal troubles are the product of a political "witch hunt" and "election interference."

A trial date for Trump's Georgia criminal case, one of four such cases he is confronting prior to his probable rematch with Biden in November, has not yet been set.