ATLANTA (NEWSnet/AP) — Nathan Wade, a special prosecutor who had a romantic relationship with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, formally withdrew Friday from the Georgia election interference case against Donald Trump.

A judge ruled one of them had to leave the case for it to move forward.

Wade’s role in the prosecution had come under fire since an attorney representing one of Trump’s co-defendants alleged in early January that Wade and Willis were involved in an inappropriate relationship that resulted in Willis profiting improperly from the prosecution.

Wade offered his resignation in a letter to Willis, saying he is doing so “in the interest of democracy.’

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee had ruled Friday that Wade had to be removed or Willis must step aside from the case.

McAfee did not find that Willis’ relationship with Wade showed a conflict of interest that should disqualify her from the case. However, he said, allegations created an “appearance of impropriety” that infected the prosecution team.

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