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JUST IN: Trump Lawyers Take Major Step To Disqualify Fani Willis

Former President Donald Trump’s legal team has taken a decisive step towards disqualifying Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. Trump and several co-defendants have escalated their efforts to challenge Willis’ involvement in the case.

On Friday, they filed an appeal against a ruling that permitted Willis to continue overseeing the Georgia election interference case, spotlighting the deep legal entanglements and the polarized political climate surrounding the proceedings.

This legal challenge, lodged with the Georgia Court of Appeals, targets a previous decision by Judge Scott McAfee, which the appellants argue contained errors by not necessitating Willis’ disqualification from the case.

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The 51-page appeal document vehemently contends that the oversight is a “legal error” demanding immediate judicial review, reflecting the high stakes and the intricate dynamics at play in the legal contest.

“This legal error requires the Court’s immediate review,” the 51-page filing stated according to ABC News. “The trial court was bound by existing case law to not only require Wade’s disqualification (which occurred) but also to require the disqualification of DA Willis and her entire office. The trial court’s failure to do so is plain legal error requiring reversal.”

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The appeal, joined by Trump along with notable figures such as Michael Roman, Rudy Giuliani, Mark Meadows, and Jeffrey Clark, forms part of a greater strategy to have the Fulton County indictment dismissed and to extricate Willis, along with her entire office, from the case.

The move follows closely on the heels of a significant shakeup within the case’s prosecution team, with Nathan Wade, the lead prosecutor, resigning amid controversies surrounding a “significant appearance of impropriety” linked to the romantic relationship between Willis and Wade.

The legal appeal will now be reviewed by a three-judge panel from the Georgia Court of Appeals, which will be randomly assigned to review the application. This panel, upon considering a staff attorney’s recommendation, possesses the ultimate authority to decide whether the appeal warrants consideration.

Notably, the decision-making process requires only one judge’s affirmative vote for the appeal to advance, showing the singular importance of each judge’s perspective in the case.

The defense’s filing elucidates several grounds for the appeals court to undertake their application, prominently arguing against Judge McAfee’s determination. The filing posits that while McAfee recognized an appearance of impropriety in Willis’s actions, he erred by not mandating her disqualification.

The defense argues that existing case law obligated not just Wade’s disqualification, but also necessitated Willis’s and her entire office’s removal, a point of contention they believe is underscored by “plain legal error.”

As the legal proceedings evolve, Trump and his co-defendants maintain their not-guilty pleas to charges stemming from the sweeping racketeering indictment related to alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia. Despite the ongoing appeal, Judge McAfee has signaled his intention to proceed with addressing other pending pretrial motions.

“The Court intends to continue addressing the many other unrelated pending pretrial motions, regardless of whether the petition is granted within 45 days of filing, and even if any subsequent appeal is expedited by the appellate court,” said Judge McAfee.

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