President Donald Trump’s political team officially disowned attorney Sidney Powell’s efforts on Sunday night, just days after Powell made headlines in a bizarre and rambling press conference where she alleged a massive conspiracy to electoral fraud against the president.
“Sidney Powell practices law alone. She is not a member of Trump’s legal team. She is also not the president’s lawyer in a personal capacity, ”Trump’s lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis said in a statement. The attempt to retroactively erase Powell from the president’s legal team has been squarely contradicted by statements from that team – and Trump – over the past week.
The disallowance came after Powell, Ellis and Giuliani teamed up on Thursday to allege that a sprawling anti-Trump conspiracy theory involving a voting machine company and late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. After this press conference, Giuliani reaffirmed that Powell was speaking on behalf of the campaign.
“It’s representative of our legal team,” Giuliani said at the event. “We represent President Trump and we represent the Trump campaign. When I’m done, Sidney Powell and then Jenna Ellis will follow me. Powell herself has set up an office at the Trump campaign headquarters.
Some members of Trump’s campaign have bristled at the hugely unsuccessful legal strategies recently pursued by Giuliani, Ellis and Powell. Their efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election have been widely criticized out of court, even as they continue to promise explosive evidence will soon emerge and tip the contest in favor of Trump.
Powell was finally thrown under the bus on Sunday after a federal judge in Pennsylvania rejected the campaign’s efforts to reject millions of legally cast votes. The decision, which has strained the campaign for its largely inconsistent and poorly argued positions, has dealt a blow to Team Trump’s efforts to use the courts to overturn the election results.
Sunday night’s statement also came after Powell targeted senior Republican officials in Georgia, where the party is waging two battles that will determine control of the US Senate, accusing those responsible for corrupt complicity in a massive anti-Trump electoral fraud scheme. . In an interview on Sunday, Powell alleged that Brian Kemp, the state’s Republican governor, had accepted bribes for his participation in the anti-Trump conspiracy.
Powell’s bizarre claims have drawn criticism even from reliable Trump supporters for his utter refusal to provide substantial evidence. On Friday, she slammed Fox News host Tucker Carlson for asking her to produce such evidence. He was “very insulting, demanding and rude,” she complained.
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