Special prosecutor on Trump’s Georgia case resigns so Fani Willis can stay. How we got here.

A timeline of the sprawling election interference case against the former president in Georgia.

Fani Willis seated in a courtroom.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis looks on during a hearing in Atlanta on March 1. (Alex Slitz/AP)
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Special prosecutor Nathan Wade officially resigned Friday from the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald Trump after a judge ruled that either he or Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, with whom Wade previously had a romantic relationship, had to leave the case in order for it to continue.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee found there was no “actual conflict” brought about by the relationship between Wade and Willis, but that it created the “appearance of impropriety.”

According to the Associated Press, Wade wrote in a letter offering his resignation to Willis that he was stepping away “in the interest of democracy, in dedication to the American public and to move this case forward as quickly as possible.”

Here’s everything you need to know about the latest developments — including a timeline of how we got here.

Donald Trump.
Trump at a campaign rally in Rome, Ga., on March 9. (Mike Stewart/AP)

Jan. 1, 2021: Willis takes office as the Fulton County district attorney after defeating her former boss in the Democratic primary and running unopposed in the November election.

Jan. 2, 2021: Trump asks Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on a now infamous phone call to “find” him just enough votes to help him flip his 2020 election loss to Joe Biden in the Peach State. The call would later become the centerpiece of Willis’s case.

Feb. 10, 2021: Willis sends a letter to top Georgia officials — including Raffensperger, Gov. Brian Kemp, and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan — informing them of her initiation of a criminal investigation into possible interference in the state’s 2020 general election and instructs them to preserve evidence.

Nov. 1, 2021: Willis hires Wade as a special prosecutor in the investigation.

Nathan Wade seated in a courtroom.
Special prosecutor Nathan Wade at a hearing in Atlanta on March 1. (Alex Slitz/AP)

Nov. 2, 2021: Wade files for divorce from his wife, Joycelyn Wade, in Cobb County Superior Court.

Jan. 20, 2022: Wade asks the Fulton County Superior Court to impanel a special purpose grand jury to investigate possible attempts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia.

February-April 2022: Willis and Wade’s yearlong romantic relationship begins, they later say.

May 2023: Wade swears in a divorce filing that he has not had sexual relations with anyone since separating from his wife. (He testifies otherwise in a 2024 hearing on Trump’s motion to dismiss the case.)

Aug. 14, 2023: Trump and 18 others are indicted by a grand jury on criminal charges stemming from Willis’s long-running investigation. Trump is charged with 13 counts — including a charge of violating Georgia’s RICO (or Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act. It’s the fourth indictment in five months for Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination. Willis gives the defendants until noon on Aug. 25 to surrender.

Fani Willis stands at a podium with microphones with Wade standing to the side.
Willis, flanked by Wade, holds a press conference in Atlanta after a grand jury voted to indict Trump and 18 others, Aug. 14, 2023. (Christian Monterrosa/AFP via Getty Images)

Jan. 8, 2024: In a bombshell legal filing, Trump co-defendant Michael Roman accuses Willis of misconduct for her “clandestine” relationship with Wade, alleging that Wade’s firm was receiving more than $650,000 in public funds while he was paying for vacations with Willis in the Caribbean and elsewhere. The filing also claims that Willis improperly benefited from the arrangement. Roman asks the judge to disqualify the entire prosecution team from the case.

Feb. 15, 2024: Willis takes the witness stand during a contentious hearing, forcefully pushing back against what she describes as “lies” about her romantic relationship with Wade. “Do you think I’m on trial? These people are on trial for trying to steal an election in 2020,” Willis says in her fiery testimony. “I’m not on trial no matter how hard you try to put me on trial.”

March 15: McAfee, the Fulton County judge, finds that while their relationship created the “appearance of impropriety,” there was no evidence to support Roman’s conflict of interest claims. “Without sufficient evidence that the District Attorney acquired a personal stake in the prosecution, or that her financial arrangements had any impact on the case,” the judge writes, “the Defendants’ claims of an actual conflict must be denied.”

Later that day, Wade offers to remove himself from the case. In a letter accepting his resignation, Willis applauds the special prosecutor’s “professionalism and dignity,” saying that Wade had “endured threats against you and your family, as well as unjustified attacks in the media and in court on your reputation as a lawyer.”