Fani Willis Tells MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow She Left Her Home, Has 24/7 Security


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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Monday that she felt forced to leave her home and has 24-hour security.

Judge Scott McAffee decided not to outright disqualify Willis from Trump’s Georgia case over her “personal relationship” with special prosecutor Nathan Wade, offering the choice of Wade or Willis and her entire office stepping aside. Wade resigned soon after.

Maddow said Willis, who has not made many appearances since the ruling, has been in a “remarkably threatening environment” before asking the Fulton County district attorney “what effect the constant threat of violence” has had on her.

“Thank you for asking, not many people ask about what is the personal journey that’s been going on,” Willis said. “And it really hasn’t been happening in the past year. It’s been happening about a month after I took office.”

Willis said she received “threats” via email, phone call and text message, adding that “threats” came to her in “any way you can imagine.” She told Maddow that she has been “out” of her home for over one year despite still paying for the residence’s mortgage.

“The threats have certainly been about lots of different kinds of cases that I’ve prosecuted. People are very happy with that because of some recent cases that, most of them are racial in nature,” Willis said. “It has caused me to leave my home.”

“Financially, I’m paying for, you know, my mortgage cause I refuse to give up the home where I raised my children, but also paying for another establishment,” she continued. “And I have 24-hour, really, protection around me. So, it’s a very, uh, interesting way to live, but it’s well worth it to have the honor of being the first female district attorney in Fulton County.” (RELATED: Nathan Wade Says Affair With Fani Willis ‘As American As Apple Pie’)

Willis, who Maddow described as “a national lightning rod,” told the MSNBC host that “this job has certainly made me closer to God” when asked if prosecuting Trump has “changed” her. The Fulton County district attorney appointed Wade as special prosecutor after the two went on vacations together using funds Wade earned from the role.