Judge allows Trump to appeal ruling keeping Fani Willis on Georgia 2020 election case

Former President Donald Trump steps off his plane as he arrives at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Former President Donald Trump and other defendants have been given the green light to appeal a judge’s decision allowing Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to remain on the Georgia election interference case.

The Georgia Court of Appeals will decide whether to take up the appeal.

Citing Georgia law, Fulton Superior Judge Scott McAfee found that the defendants’ motion to disqualify Willis, “is of such importance to the case that immediate review should be had.”

McAfee ruled on Friday that Willis’ romantic relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade created an appearance of impropriety – and said Willis could only stay on the case if Wade stepped aside.

Wade resigned hours later, but lawyers for Trump and other defendants argue that the remedy is insufficient.

McAfee wrote on Wednesday that he would continue to move the case along – whether or not the appeals court decides to revisit his ruling.

Trump and 14 others have pleaded not guilty to a litany of felony charges focused on alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election result in Georgia. A trial date has not been set.

Four others have pleaded guilty in the case.