ATLANTA — Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis vehemently refutes allegations of violating federal law and ethical standards due to her personal relationship with a lead prosecutor on the 2020 election interference case involving former President Donald Trump and others.

In a court filing on Friday, Willis clarified that her relationship with Nathan Wade, who joined the case in 2021, commenced in 2022. She dismissed allegations suggesting financial gain from prosecuting the case as "without merit."

The filing requests that a judge reject a motion made by a co-defendant of Trump last month to dismiss the charges.

"The personal relationship between Special Prosecutor Wade and District Attorney Willis has never entailed any direct or indirect financial gain for District Attorney Willis," the filing states emphatically. "Defendants have failed to provide any evidence suggesting a scenario where there would be a financial motive on the part of the District Attorney to secure a conviction in this case through the appointment of Special Prosecutor Wade."

As per the motion filed on January 8th, Wade has received over $600,000 since 2021 for his involvement in the case. This primarily involved overseeing a special purpose grand jury process conducted behind closed doors, investigating the unsuccessful attempt to overturn Georgia's 2020 presidential results by Trump and his supporters.

Former Trump campaign official Mike Roman filed allegations of a romantic relationship between Willis and Wade as part of a motion to dismiss charges against him and to disassociate the DA's office from any involvement with the case.

Attorneys representing Trump and fellow co-defendant Bob Cheeley have since also supported the request.

Trump, Cheeley, and Roman have all entered pleas of not guilty to the charges leveled against them.

Roman faces charges of racketeering, and the motion to dismiss contends that Willis and Wade breached federal racketeering laws themselves, suggesting they financially benefit from prosecuting Trump and his associates due to their relationship.

The motion further asserted that Wade neglected to file his oath of office before engaging in the case and that his employment was never sanctioned by county commissioners, thus invalidating the felony charges related to Roman's participation in a scheme to submit a fabricated slate of presidential electors to Congress.