Trump’s appeal in Fani Willis disqualification ruling permitted by judge

Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee paved the way for former President Donald Trump to challenge the judge’s decision that ultimately allowed Fulton County DA Fani Willis to continue handling the election interference case.

McAfee has granted the joint request made by Trump and some of his codefendants to obtain a certificate of immediate review. This means that they are now able to appeal the ruling up to the Georgia Court of Appeals.

According to McAfee, the order holds such significant value to the case that it warrants immediate review.

Now, the decision on whether or not to take up the issue will rest with the Georgia Court of Appeals.

McAfee has stated his determination to continue pushing ahead with the case despite the ongoing appeal by Trump and his codefendants.

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According to the order, the Court plans to proceed with addressing the numerous unrelated pretrial motions that are currently pending, irrespective of whether the petition is granted within 45 days of its filing or if any subsequent appeal is expedited by the appellate court.

In a statement, Trump’s attorney expressed that the action taken by McAfee is of great significance.

“The defense team is filled with confidence that a thorough appellate review will result in the dismissal of the case and the disqualification of the District Attorney,” stated Steve Sadow, the attorney representing Trump.

The DA’s office emphasized McAfee’s commitment to advancing the case, stating that they will make every effort to expedite the trial process.

“We are committed to ensuring that the case proceeds swiftly to trial, as there is no stay in place during the appeal,” stated Jeff Disantis, the spokesperson. He further added, “Our focus will be on the briefs we submit to the Court of Appeals, and we will refrain from making extensive comments on the appellate matter.”

Nathan Wade, the lead prosecutor in Trump’s election interference case, resigned on Friday as the special prosecutor following a ruling by McAfee. Wade’s resignation came shortly after McAfee decided not to disqualify Willis, but instead ruled that either she or Wade must step aside from the case due to a “significant appearance of impropriety” resulting from a romantic relationship between Willis and Wade.

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