Trump insists attorney Sidney Powell never part of his legal team

Former President Donald Trump has denied that Texas attorney Sidney Powell was ever a part of his legal team, according to a post on his social media platform, Truth Social. Powell recently accepted a plea deal in the Georgia election interference case and is now required to testify against her co-defendants.

Powell, along with Trump and 17 others, was indicted in Fulton County in August for allegedly participating in a scheme to illegally try to keep Trump in the White House after he lost the presidential election to Joe Biden. Specifically, Powell is accused of hiring an Atlanta computer forensics firm to breach election equipment in Coffee County and copy data and software without authorization. The copied data was then sent to an unidentified lawyer associated with Powell and the Trump campaign.

The attorney was facing multiple charges, including racketeering, computer theft, computer fraud, and conspiracy to defraud the state. However, Trump’s recent post on Truth Social claims that Powell was never his attorney.

It is worth noting that in November 2020, Trump welcomed Powell to his legal team in a post on Twitter (now known as X). He referred to her, along with Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, as a “truly great team.” Powell also tried to distance herself from the former president before accepting the plea deal. Her attorneys filed a motion to have her case severed from the other co-defendants, stating that she had no association or contact with most of them.

As part of the plea deal, Powell has been placed on six years of probation and ordered to pay a $6,000 fine and $2,700 in restitution. She is also required to write an apology letter and testify against her co-defendants if compelled to do so by prosecutors. Her testimony could provide insight into a news conference she participated in on behalf of Trump and his campaign after the election, as well as a White House meeting where strategies and theories to influence the election outcome were discussed.

Three of Powell’s co-defendants, Scott Graham Hall, Powell herself, and Kenneth Chesebro, have now accepted plea deals in the case. The developments in this ongoing legal battle highlight the significant consequences faced by individuals involved in alleged attempts to interfere with the democratic process.

Original Story at – 2023-10-23 14:03:47

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