Willis can pursue Trump, but Nathan Wade, the Special Prosecutor, is forced to step down. 

Fulton County Georgia District Attorney Fani T. Willis can continue to prosecute former President Donald Trump for conspiring to overturn the 2020 election in which voters elected Joe Biden president, but Willis must dismiss Nathan Wade who went before the grand jury to indict 18 of Trump’s followers.

Judge Scott McAfee ruled that Willis’s relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade constituted an appearance of conflict of interest in the racketeering case and would bar the prosecutors from continuing to oversee it unless either Willis or Wade left the case. 

Wade resigned later on Friday, following Judge MaAfee’s ruling. 

“I compliment you for the professionalism and dignity you have shown over the last 865 days, as you have endured threats… (and) unjustified attacks in the media and court,” Willis said.

Willis has filed a RICO case (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) against Trump and 18 others.

Michael Roman, a Trump supporter and former staffer, charged that Willis’ romantic involvement with Wade affected her judgment. His filings attempted to get Willis booted from the case.

Willis told Trump’s fleet of lawyers, “You think I am on trial, but you are defending people who have attempted to overthrow the 2020 election. No matter how hard you try to put me on trial, I am not on trial.”

Willis has charged Trump and 18 co-defendants with racketeering for their alleged actions in trying to overturn the 2020 election. Four defendants have already taken guilty pleas.