Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Fani Willis’s Dad Invokes Menendez’s Defense for Hiding Cash at Home 

'I'm not trying to be racist but—it's a Black thing...'

(Luis CornelioHeadline USA) The father of embattled Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis invoked an unusual defense to explain why his daughter may have allegedly reimbursed her former lover entirely in cash, without providing any receipts.

Retired defense criminal attorney John Floyd told Judge Scott McAfee that Willis always had cash because she was black, and therefore could not provide evidence that she reimbursed Wade for the lavish trips allegedly funded by his taxpayer-funded salary.

“Maybe, and excuse me, Your Honor, I’m not trying to be racist but—it’s a Black thing,” Floyd claimed, explaining why Willis had cash at home. “I was trained, and most Black folks hide cash or they keep cash. You always keep some cash because I’ve been places and just because of the color of my skin.”

Such a defense was previously raised by Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., who is currently facing multiple federal indictments over corruption accusations, including bribery and acting as a foreign agent. Menendez asserted that he kept thousands of alleged bribed funds at home due to being born in Cuba. 

“For 30 years, I have withdrawn thousands of dollars in cash from my personal savings account, which I have kept for emergencies, and because of the history of my family facing confiscation in Cuba,” Menendez claimed at a New Jersey press conference.

Willis presented a similar defense Thursday, aiming to rebut allegations that she benefited from Wade’s taxpayer-funded contract—granted by her—because she repaid him in cash. However, Willis could not provide bank withdrawal receipts or checks, as the cash was stored in her home.

“I took out a large amount of money on my first campaign, I kept some of the cash of that,” Willis explained regarding why she would store several thousand dollars in cash at her residence. “I just have cash in my house,” she added.

Recalling her father’s alleged teachings, Willis stated, “‘You should always at least have six months in cash at your house at all times.’ Now, I don’t know why this old black man feels like that, but he does. When we were growing up my daddy had three safes in the house. So my father’s bought me a lockbox and I always keep cash in the house.”

The hearings come after Trump co-defendant Michael Roman claimed that Willis and Wade are financially benefiting from the Georgia prosecution against former President Donald Trump. Roman is seeking to disqualify Willis and Wade while trying to have the judge dismiss the case.

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