Wade's ex-law partner testifies he doesn't know when relationship with Fulton DA began

David Wickert and Bill Rankin, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

Published in Political News

ATLANTA — Nathan Wade’s former law partner testified repeatedly Tuesday that he didn’t know when Wade’s romantic relationship with District Attorney Fani Willis began, frustrating defense attorneys in Fulton County’s election interference case who hoped he would help prove the prosecutors lied under oath.

Terrence Bradley said that he was “speculating” when he texted with defense attorney Ashleigh Merchant and said Willis and Wade had begun dating before the DA hired him as special prosecutor.

Bradley faced a barrage of questions from seven defense lawyers who took turns trying to poke holes in his story. On the stand for about two hours, Bradley wiped sweat from his face and asked for a glass of water.

Steve Sadow, former President Donald Trump’s attorney, subjected Bradley to a particularly withering cross examination.

Sadow showed Bradley text messages sent to him from Merchant before she filed the motion to disqualify Willis.

In one, she asked if Willis’ and Wade’s romantic relationship began before Wade was appointed special prosecutor in November 2021.


“Absolutely,” Bradley texted.

Unprompted, Bradley then added in the text, “It started when she left the DA’s office and was a judge in South Fulton.”

That would have been before Wade was hired and contrary to what Willis and Wade testified at a hearing on Feb. 15 – that their romantic relationship began in early 2022.

Sadow asked Bradley why he texted that the relationship started when he said it did.


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