Donald Trump Claims Sidney Powell Was “Never His Attorney,” Critics Challenge Him With Proofs
Former President Donald J. Trump turned 180 degrees after Sidney Powell pleaded guilty in the Georgia election subversion case. Apparently, the 77-year-old wrote on his Truth social platform that Powell was "never his attorney" on Sunday, October 22, 2023. However, critics were quick to refresh the Republican's memory and re-think his words.
Trump wrote, "Sidney Powell was one of millions and millions of people who thought, and in ever increasing numbers still think, correctly, that the 2020 Presidential Election was RIGGED & STOLLEN," adding, "AND OUR COUNTRY IS BEING ABSOLUTELY DESTROYED BECAUSE OF IT!!!"
The post continued, "MS. POWELL WAS NOT MY ATTORNEY AND NEVER WAS. In fact, she would have been conflicted." This change in statement was made after Powell agreed to cooperate with Fulton County prosecutors in handling the Georgia racketeering case, reported CNN.
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She had also accepted to give testimony against the 17 other defendants in the 2020 election case, which possibly also includes Trump. However, journalists and social media users refreshed his memory by pointing out the Republican's tweet about welcoming Powell to his legal team.
On November 15, 2020, the former president publicly announced on X, formerly Twitter, that he "added" Powell to his "truly great team" of prosecutors working for the election. Critics even provided other existing proof from Trump's team members, who also welcomed the 68-year-old on board.
I look forward to Mayor Giuliani spearheading the legal effort to defend OUR RIGHT to FREE and FAIR ELECTIONS! Rudy Giuliani, Joseph diGenova, Victoria Toensing, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis, a truly great team, added to our other wonderful lawyers and representatives!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
The tweet read, "I look forward to Mayor Giuliani spearheading the legal effort to defend OUR RIGHT to FREE and FAIR ELECTIONS! Rudy Giuliani, Joseph diGenova, Victoria Toensing, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis, a truly great team, added to our other wonderful lawyers and representatives!"
Trump is now lying and saying Sidney Powell was never his attorney. Here is Rudy Giuliani in November 2020 introducing Sidney Powell as a lawyer for both Donald Trump and the Trump campaign. pic.twitter.com/mPOQxyEH8f— MeidasTouch (@MeidasTouch) October 22, 2023
As another proof, the mayor and Trump's longstanding lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, introduced Powell as part of Trump's legal team in a press conference to support the former president and his election work. The infamous press meet was held on November 19, 2020, where Guiliani said, "We're representing President Trump, and we're representing the Trump campaign."
Trump 2020: Sidney Powell has joined my legal team!— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) October 22, 2023
Trump after Powell flipped: Sidney Powell was not on my legal team. pic.twitter.com/cyrRCiHjGE
For further clarity, critics pointed out a video of Powell testifying that Trump had asked her to be a "special counsel to address the election issues." Apparently, Trump is one of the candidates competing for the 2024 presidential race, and amid all of this, Powell's guilty plea could cause harm to his election campaign. Hence the contradiction.
Donald Trump: ‘I don’t know Sidney Powell, never met her, don’t know anything about her, maybe I took a picture with her one time. I take a lot of pictures…’— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) October 22, 2023
Sidney Powell: pic.twitter.com/AVk58d6aUK
Powell accepted before the Fulton County prosecutors that she interfered with the 2020 elections and pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor counts last week. The former federal prosecutor was charged with six months of probation, a $6,000 fine, and $2,700 in restitution, along with an apology letter to Georgia residents, reports The Hill.
She is the second defendant who was guilty as charged. Before her, Scott Hall, a bail bondsman, pleaded guilty to five counts of the same charge Powell did. As part of overturning the elections in 2020, Powell filed frivolous lawsuits across the country, about which one federal judge said it was "a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process."
The legal commentator, Elie Honig, said, "She's going to have to admit that, 'Yes, we were trying to steal the election; yes, I knew it was illegal, and yes, it was, in fact, a crime," adding, "All of that is in play for her testimony against all of the 17 other co-defendants, including Donald Trump," as per the reports from CNN.
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