Giuliani Drops Sidney Powell As Trump ‘Strike Force’ Splits
President Donald Trump’s campaign has disavowed attorney Sidney Powell, who as part of its post-election legal team has pushed some of the most extreme conspiracy theories around the vote. Giuliani Drops Sidney Powell As Trump ‘Strike Force’ Splits
The statement was released by the campaign on behalf of Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, and was the latest twist for an evolving cast of advisers who’ve been waging Trump’s legal fight in the aftermath of the election.
“Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own,” Giuliani and Ellis said in their statement. “She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team. She is also not a lawyer for the president in his personal capacity.”
The disavowal suggests that a high-profile lawyer who was steeped in the president’s claims about a vast Democratic conspiracy against him had gone too far.
“I understand today’s press release,” Powell said in a statement that also claimed she would be “filing suit soon” for people who had their votes cast for Trump and other Republicans “stolen by massive fraud.”
General Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser and a Powell client, said in a tweet that the attorney had been suspended from Twitter for 12 hours.
The Trump campaign didn’t respond to requests for further comment or detail.
Giuliani, Ellis and Powell held a lengthy press conference Thursday at the offices of the Republican National Committee, in an event announced by the Trump campaign.
The three of them spoken at length, with Ellis calling them “an elite strike force team that is working on behalf of the president and the campaign.”
Trump himself has previously named Powell as a member of his legal team and praised the work of the lawyers, as recently as Nov. 14.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
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!
Thursday’s press conference included a range of allegations, almost entirely unfounded. Some of the most aggressive ones came from Powell, who alleged a plot involving voting machine tampering and Venezuela — and its former President Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013 — to help swing the election for Biden.
Powell also said she was planning a massive case alleging fraud that would be “biblical” in scope in an interview on Newsmax on Saturday, where she was identified as a member of Trump’s legal team.
Chris Christie, the former New Jersey Republican governor and a Trump ally, earlier on Sunday said the recent conduct of the president’s legal team had been a “national embarrassment.”
“They allege fraud outside the courtroom, but when they go inside the courtroom, they don’t plead fraud and they don’t argue fraud,” Christie said on ABC’s “This Week.” “You have an obligation to present the evidence. The evidence has not been presented.”
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