Combative Georgia DA Fani Willis testifies

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Fani Willis spent Thursday morning pacing in her office.

Nearby, in courtroom 5A in the Fulton county justice center, Nathan Wade, a special prosecutor, was testifying about their romantic relationship as part of a high-stakes hearing over whether or not Willis should be disqualified from handling the wide-ranging election-interference case against Donald Trump and 14 co-defendants.

After Wade finished testifying, a little before 3pm, Willis entered the courtroom herself. As her lawyers began to toss out arguments about why she should not have to take the stand, Willis waved them aside.

ā€œIā€™m ready to go,ā€ she said.

After weeks of salacious accusations, this was the equivalent of a prizefighter eager to get into the ring and throw a punch. This was Willis, the longstanding pugilistic prosecutor, determined to win back her credibility and control of the case. Over the next two hours, Willis made it clear she was there to fight for the years-long case against Trump she has spent nearly her entire time as district attorney working on.


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