Nathan Wade Says Affair With Fani Willis ‘As American As Apple Pie’

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Former Special Prosecutor Nathan Wade said Sunday that his extramarital affair with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis was “as American as apple pie.”

Wade told ABC News that “workplace romances” like his relationship with Willis “happens to everyone” in his first interview since his resignation from working on the Georgia election interference case against presumptive 2024 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in March.

“Workplace romances are as American as apple pie,” Wade told ABC News’ Linsey Davis. “It happens to everyone. But it happened to the two of us.”

“Do you regret it?” Davis asked.

“I regret that that private matter became the focal point of this very important prosecution,” Wade said. “This is a very important case.”

“I hate that my personal life has begun to overshadow the true issues in the case,” he added.

Judge Scott McAfee decided not to outright disqualify Willis from Trump’s Georgia case, offering the choice of having Wade or having Willis and her entire office step aside. Trump’s co-defendant Michael Roman alleged in a Jan. 8 motion that Willis improperly benefitted from appointing Wade as special prosecutor when the two went on vacations together using funds earned from the role. (RELATED: MSNBC Legal Analyst Says Fani Willis ‘Absolutely’ Damaged Case Against Trump)

Wade told Davis that he considering putting his relationship with Willis “on pause” during Trump’s case before admitting that his feelings for the Fulton County district attorney were “so strong.”

“At some point, once the bond is there, and if democracy is on the line, as has been described, do you say maybe we pause this until the case is over?” Davis asked.

“Absolutely, absolutely. I’ll concede that that could have been, an approach,” Wade said. “But there again, when you are in the middle of it, these feelings are developing and you get to a point where the feelings are, are so strong that, you know, you start to want to do things that really are none of the public’s concern.”

Willis ditched her first debate in the Democratic primary as she seeks reelection as Fulton County district attorney, leaving Democratic challenger Christian Wise Smith facing an empty podium on April 28.