On Wednesday, February 21, 2024, the Daily Caller reported that Judge Scott McAfee, who is overseeing the case against former President Donald Trump in Fulton County, Georgia, had previously made a $150 donation to District Attorney Fani Willis’ campaign prior to his judicial appointment.

According to financial disclosures, Judge McAfee made the donation in June 2020 while working as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Department of Justice. Judge McAfee will soon have to decide whether to disqualify DA Willis from the Trump case due to allegations that she financially benefited from appointing her romantic partner to assist with the investigation. Judge McAfee and DA Willis had previously worked together when Willis led the complex trial division in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

Some legal experts said the donation should have been disclosed to the defense, even if it was a small amount, as judges are required to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest. However, Atlanta criminal defense attorney Andrew Fleischman disagreed, stating that political donations between judges and prosecutors in Georgia are routine and did not necessarily need to be disclosed.

Despite the prior donation, the Daily Caller reported that Judge McAfee has not shied away from issuing unfavorable rulings for DA Willis in the case, such as reprimanding her conduct while testifying. Last week, Judge McAfee oversaw a hearing on a motion to disqualify Willis filed by Trump co-defendant Michael Roman.

Financial disclosures also showed smaller donations from Judge McAfee and his wife to other political candidates in Georgia. Neither the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office nor the Superior Court of Fulton County provided a comment to the Daily Caller on the prior donation or questions about Judge McAfee’s impartiality in overseeing the high-profile Trump case.



Source: Daily Caller