Trump campaign removes Sidney Powell from president’s legal team

Trump campaign removes Sidney Powell from president’s legal team
Trump campaign removes Sidney Powell from president’s legal team

Powell had been in the headlines in recent weeks for his increasingly outrageous and unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election, repeatedly vowing to “release the kraken” from the evidence, to refuse to produce it at demand from journalists.

She has accused election officials in several states of committing crimes and has turned in recent days against Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who helped certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state on Friday. . His attack on Kemp, which also included the threat of a “biblical” trial, appeared to destabilize some of ’s allies.

“Sidney Powell accusing Governor Brian Kemp of a crime on television but not wanting to go on television and defend and expose the evidence she supposedly has is outrageous conduct,” the former governor said on Sunday. Chris Christie from New Jersey.

Trump announced Powell as a centerpiece of his legal team in a recent tweet, stating that she, Giuliani and others would form a team that would later qualify as an “elite strike force.”

But the team has so far failed to secure significant legal victories and has in fact been repeatedly dismissed by federal judges who excoriated Trump’s lawyers for demanding drastic measures – such as the rejection of million legal ballots – without presenting any evidence to justify it.

In recent days, National Party-aligned Republicans have started expressing growing reservations about Powell’s rhetoric, including the claim that Trump had “won by a landslide” even though Biden has millions of dollars in his pocket. advance in the popular vote and won states equivalent to 306 electoral votes. , compared to Trump’s 232.

The National GOP released a video clip of Powell making the statement Thursday, and Ellis, the Trump campaign lawyer, celebrated Powell’s remarks at last week’s press conference.

Mike DuHaime, former political director of the Republican National Committee, tweeted Sunday that the party must withdraw her tweet endorsing Powell’s remarks now that she has been removed from Trump’s representation or campaign.

“It’s crazy / embarrassing to promote,” he tweeted.

And Powell’s attacks on Georgia Gov. and top election official, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who are Republicans, come as the GOP fights to retain control of the Senate in two scheduled Georgia ballots. January 5.

Powell has been in the Conservative media circuit for years, but became particularly prominent during Trump’s day as Flynn’s inflammatory lawyer. Flynn, who pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI, fired his legal team last year and hired Powell, who helped lead his campaign to overturn his guilty plea and file inflammatory cases before the court on allegations of misconduct by the FBI and the Department of Justice.

At a hearing on the matter in September, Powell revealed that she had held a meeting with Trump in the previous weeks, during which she urged him not to forgive Flynn so they could continue. to fight his case.

Powell attacked the judge in the case, Emmet Sullivan, although she once praised him in a book for his handling of the prosecution’s misconduct in the case of former Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska.

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