The Trump administration sought to distance itself from attorney Sidney Powell on Thursday, insisting she is ‘not a member’ of their legal team – despite the president tweeting only last week that she was.
In a written statement issued by Trump’s personal attorney
‘She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team,’ the message continued. ‘She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity.’
The announcement was made a day after a judge dismissed the campaign’s lawsuit seeking to halt President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania, dealing a major blow to Trump’s flailing efforts to overturn his November 3 election loss.
Just days earlier, Powell had appeared on-stage alongside Giuliani for a bizarre press conference Thursday at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, in which she stunningly claimed that Democrats had ‘paid’ to rig the election.
Sidney Powell, right, speaks next to former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, as members of President Donald Trump’s legal team, during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday November 19, 2020
Trump’s disassociation with Powell comes just over a week after he tweeted that the attorney had been appointed to a ‘truly great team’ spearheaded by Giuliani to investigate his claims of voter fraud.
‘I look forward to Mayor Giuliani spearheading the legal effort to defend OUR RIGHT to FREE and FAIR ELECTIONS!’ Trump tweeted on November 14. ‘Rudy Giuliani, Joseph diGenova, Victoria Toensing, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis, a truly great team, added to our other wonderful lawyers and representatives!’
Powell, a known QAnon conspiracy theorist, has spun a series of outlandish tales of election fraud to a number of news organizations in the days since.
On Saturday, she appeared on Newsmax and promoted a series of wild conspiracy theories about the election, including the unfounded claim that Trump lost Georgia because Gov. Brian Kemp was bribed by an election systems company.
Earlier in the week, she also told the conservative news channel that the 2020 election was significantly impacted by votes cast through machines from Dominion Voting Systems, which she said had been altered to go to Joe Biden instead of Trump.
Without offering evidence, Powell claimed that Dominion ‘has a long history of rigging elections’ and that this is ‘what it was created to do to begin with.
Powell told host Greg Kelly the team has an affidavit of a former high-ranking Venezuelan military officer who now lives in America, saying he saw the rigging of Venezuelan elections for Hugo Chavez.
‘So don’t tell me there’s no evidence of fraud,’ she continued. ‘We’ve got increasingly mounting evidence of significant fraud across multiple states that casts into question the validity of elections in every swing state.’
Dominion spokesperson Michael Steel, however, told Fox News on Sunday, that the claims made my Powell simply never could have occured.
‘Well, it’s physically impossible,’ Steel told the network of vote switching. ‘Look, when a voter votes on a Dominion machine, they fill out a ballot on a touch screen. They are given a printed copy which they then give to a local election official for safekeeping.
He continued: ‘If any electronic interference had taken place, the tally reported electronically would not match the printed ballots. and in every case where we’ve looked at — in Georgia, all across the country – the printed ballot, the gold standard in election security, has matched the electronic tally.’
Powell, an attorney for Michael Flynn (right), is a known QAnon conspiracy theorist
Powell was also admonished by Tucker Carlson during successive broadcasts on Thursday and Friday night, in which the Fox News host cast doubt over Powell’s claims.
Carlson made specific reference to accusations made by Powell during her press conference with Giuliani, in which she stated Democrats had been using voting software to steal eight million votes from Trump on Election Day.
Tucker Carlson tonight reportedly made repeated request to Powell for her to provide evidence to support her comments, but she routinely refused.
‘When we kept pressing, she got angry and told us to stop contacting her,’ Carlson said Thursday.
‘When we checked with others around the Trump campaign, people in positions of authority, they told us Powell has never given them any evidence either, nor did she provide any today at the press conference.’
The following night, after receiving backlash online, Carlson released an update to his report.
‘We’ve heard from a lot of people about that segment, including people in the White house and people close to the president,’ he said of his comments about Powell. ‘Like us, they have concluded this election was not fair. Like us, they are willing to believe any explanation for what happened,’ Carlson said.
He then added: ‘Like us, they have not seen a single piece of evidence showing that software changed votes.’
Carlson said that while it ‘might have happened,’ no evidence has been produced to prove it happened.
‘And by “they,” we are including other members of Donald Trump’s own legal team.
‘They have not seen Powell’s evidence either – no testimony from employees inside the software companies, no damning internal documents, no copies of the software itself, so that’s where we are.’
Powell responded to Carlson’s comments by insisting she had declined to provide the host with evidence because he was ‘very insulting, demanding and rude.’
More to follow…