Fox News Politics: Judge and fury

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What's Happening? 

- Fulton County DA Fani Willis shocks in raucous courtroom testimony

- Date set for first Trump criminal trial

- Nearly half of Americans think Biden should be replaced as Dem nominee

Embattled Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis took the stand to testify against allegations she had an "improper" affair with special prosecutor Nathan Wade, which could derail her case against former President Donald Trump.

Willis was notably agitated and at points raised her voice during a raucous several hours of testimony. At one point, Willis held up a printed copy the allegations against her in both hands and turned to the judge yelling, "it is a lie!"

Willis also called defense attorney Ashleigh Merchan's interests "contrary to democracy."

Judge Scott McAfee presiding over the proceeding, called for a five-minute recess at one point. When court was back in session he told lawyers to stop "talking over each other" and cautioned Willis, saying: "We have to listen to the questions as asked. And if this happens again and again, I'm going to have no choice but to strike your testimony."

Willis is expected back on the stand Friday for further testimony.

Trump had his own courtroom drama Thursday. He appeared in a Manhattan court for a pretrial hearing in the criminal "hush-money" case against him, where the judge set a date for the beginning of the first trial on criminal charges.

The trial is set to start March 25, a few weeks after Super Tuesday but before the end of the GOP primary.

Trump said he would be campaigning in the evening after attending the trial. "I'll be here during the day and I'll be campaigning during the night. Biden should be doing the same thing but he’ll be sleeping," Trump said outside the courtroom.

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