Ahead of Her Georgia Trial, Sidney Powell Seeks Distance From Trump

Ms. Powell, a lawyer who promoted conspiracy theories about election fraud after Donald J. Trump's 2020 defeat, now says she never represented him or his campaign.

Ahead of Her Georgia Trial, Sidney Powell Seeks Distance From Trump

Sidney K. Powell was one of the few defenders who promoted election fraud theories as vociferously as anyone else after Donald J. Trump's defeat in 2020. She promoted conspiracy theories involving Venezuela and Cuba, Hugo Chavez, George Soros and the Clintons in high-profile public appearances.

Now, Ms. Powell is saying through her attorney that she 'didn't represent President Trump or his campaign' following the election. She will be the first defendant to face trial next week in the Georgia racketeering suit against Mr. Trump, and 17 of those who are close to him.

This claim is undermined by both Ms. Powell and Mr. Trump, who have spoken in the past. There is also video evidence that she has taken part in press conferences, such as when Rudolph W. Giuliani introduced her to Mr. Trump as one of his personal lawyers.

Senior lawyers

"Representing Mr. Trump and the campaign.

The majority of Georgia charges against Powell relates to her role as a member of


Data breach

At an elections office located in rural Coffee County (Ga.). On the day following the Jan. 6, riots there, Trump's allies copied proprietary and sensitive software used in voting machine throughout the state to try and find ballot fraud.

Brian T. Rafferty said at a recent hearing that Ms. Powell had 'nothing to do with Coffee County'.

The New York Times obtained a 392-page document from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The investigation report, which is a result of the agency's probe into the data breach has been handed over to Georgia's Republican Attorney General, Chris Carr.

The action of Mr. Carr is unclear, as the Fulton County district attorney, Fani Willis, filed racketeering allegations against Ms. Powell and Mr. Trump, along with 17 other people. In the Fulton County indictment, they are accused of being part of a criminal organization with the aim of subverting Georgia election results.

Brian Rafferty spoke at a hearing in this week as an attorney for Ms. Powell.


Alyssa's pool photo

On Monday, jury selection will begin in the trial of Ms. Powell and Kenneth Chesebro. Chesebro was a key architect of a plan to install fake electors in Georgia and other states that are swing. Ms. Powell, Mr. Chesebro, and other defendants will be trying much later. This is their right, according to Georgia law.

Ms. Powell made a promise during an appearance on Fox Business Network in 2020.

Release the Kraken

After the election, a viral video titled ',' or "a trove" of phantom proof proving Mr. Trump won the election went viral, but the evidence never appeared. After Dominion Voting Systems sued Ms. Powell and others for defamation the following year, Ms. Powell’s lawyers defended her.


It is clear that "no reasonable person" would have concluded that her wilder claims were true.

Brad Raffensperger was the Republican Secretary of State of Georgia.


The Kraken Cracks Under Pressure', and precipitated an spoof on Ms. Powell

Saturday Night Live


Some are not convinced that her actions have crossed the line into criminality.

You have to distinguish between criminal conspiracy and crazy theories, said

Harvey Silverglate

A Boston-area attorney and civil liberties activist, who has an unique perspective. He represents John Eastman, a lawyer-defendant, in the case and is co-author with Ms. Powell of a book that examined prosecutorial overreach.

Silverglate stated that the main dividing line between criminality and wackiness, or what is clearly wrong or overreaching is what makes up this prosecution.

He added that Ms. Powell is in a 'tougher position' than her own client because the allegations against her go well beyond the idea that she simply gave legal advice to Trump's campaign when it was trying to overturn Mr. Biden’s victory. Silverglate said that he did not believe that prosecutors could win convictions against Mr. Trump, either in the Georgia case, or in the other three criminal cases in New York Florida and Washington.

He said, 'I believe in any jurisdiction, even Washington, D.C., you will find at least one holdout.'

Ms. Powell, a native of North Carolina and a former Democrat, spent a decade in Texas and Virginia as a federal prosecutor before establishing her defense practice.

She wrote a book in 2014.

Licence to Lies

Exposing corruption in the Department of Justice. She described it as a expose of a department riddled by prosecutors who used "strong-arm tactics, illegal and unethical methods" in their "narcissistic quest for power."

Powell was on Trump's radar after she represented Michael Flynn, his national security advisor, who pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to federal agents about his contact with Russia's ambassador during the presidential election transition. He

Later tried

The plea is withdrawn.

Powell argued on Fox News that the F.B.I. should not have brought the case and that it was a mistake. The F.B.I. and prosecutors "broke all rules." After losing the 2020 presidential election, Mr. Trump pardoned Mr. Flynn.

Powell's testimony to House investigators revealed that she was in the White House on election night to watch the results. She refused to give an answer when asked about her relationship with Donald Trump, citing 'attorney client privilege'.

By Nov. 14, Mr. Trump,


Powell was specifically mentioned by him as being a part of his "truly great team." Powell's attorney has stated that she wasn't paid by the Trump Campaign. The Trump connection did help her raise millions for Defending the Republic. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to combating election fraud.

Powell, Flynn, and other Trump supporters who were interested in conspiracy began to meet at a South Carolina Plantation owned by L. Lin Wood. Wood is a well-known plaintiff attorney. According to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation report, there was a decision made to use an Atlanta-based firm called SullivanStrickler to capture forensics images from voting machines throughout the country to support litigation. Powell also funded SullivanStrickler.

Powell's outrageous claims grew increasingly exasperating to the Trump team by late November.

Publicly cut off ties

The schism lasted only a few weeks; in the following weeks, she made several trips to visit the White House.

The Georgia indictment states that Ms. Powell was present at a heated Oval Office discussion with Mr. Trump, Mr. Giuliani on Dec. 18. This meeting is listed as an "overt act" in support of the conspiracy to interfere in the elections. The Georgia indictment states that they discussed "seizing voting equipment" as well as naming names.

Powell was to be appointed as a special adviser to investigate claims of voter fraud. However, the appointment never took place.

Sidney Powell was shown on a screen at a hearing in July 2022 of the House Committee investigating the attacks of January 6.


Doug Mills/The New York Times

On Jan. 7, a group of Trump supporters, as well as SullivanStrickler staff, visited Coffee County. Scott Hall, Georgia bail bondsman Scott Hall who was on the trip, said in an article: 'We scanned each freaking ballot.'

Recorded phone conversation

He was a teenager at the time. He was at the time.

Plead guilty

Last month, he was charged with five misdemeanors and pleaded guilty to cooperating with the prosecutors.

Misty Hampton welcomed the Trump-aligned group into the building. Hampton was a defendant who had been the Coffee County Elections Administrator. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's file reveals that the county elections board had not approved the visit, and local officials did not have authority over voting equipment. The G.B.I. lists Ms. Hampton and Powell, as well as other Fulton County defendants, among those who are the subject of the state's investigation. The file is as it is.

Katherine Friess

(, a lawyer that worked with Mr. Giuliani following the election.

SullivanStrickler did not deal exclusively with Powell. However, according to G.B.I., a few employees of the firm have stated that Powell was their client when they copied the Coffee County Election Data. investigation.

The defense's claim that Sidney Powell wasn't aware of the Coffee County breaches was preposterous. Marilyn Marks is the executive director of Coalition for Good Governance. She is a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit over Georgia's vote security, which revealed much of what occurred in Coffee County.

According to the racketeering charge, the data copied on that day included "ballot images, software for voting equipment and personal voter information." SullivanStrickler charged Ms. Powell for more than $26,000 of its work. Her organization, Defending The Republic, paid it.

Raffensperger was the Secretary of State.

Replace Coffee County's voting machine

The Georgian law was violated by 'unauthorized access' to the equipment.