23 November 2020 02:42
The Trump administration sought to distance itself from attorney Sidney Powell on Thursday, insisting she is 'not a member' of their legal team after she spread a series of wild and unfounded conspiracy theories about election fraud. In a brief written statement issued Sunday evening, Trump's lead attorney Rudy Giuliani and senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis said that Powell 'is practising law on her own.' The announcement was made a day after a judge dismissed the campaign's lawsuit seeking to halt President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Pennsylvania, dealing a major blow to Trump's flailing efforts to overturn his November 3 election loss. Just days earlier, on Thursday, Powell had appeared on-stage alongside Giuliani for a bizarre press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, in which she stunningly claimed that Democrats had 'paid' to rig the election. Sidney Powell, right, speaks next to former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, as members of President Donald Trump's legal team, during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday November 19, 2020 Trump's disassociation with Powell comes just over a week after announced the attorney as a centerpiece of his 'truly great legal team', spearheaded by Giuliani, that would be tasked to investigate and prove his claims of voter fraud. 'I look forward to Mayor Giuliani spearheading the legal effort to defend OUR RIGHT to FREE and FAIR ELECTIONS!' Trump tweeted on November 14.
'Rudy Giuliani, Joseph diGenova, Victoria Toensing, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis, a truly great team, added to our other wonderful lawyers and representatives!' On Saturday, she appeared on Newsmax and promoted a series of wild conspiracy theories about the election, including the unfounded claim that Trump lost Georgia because Gov. Brian Kemp was bribed by an election systems company. Earlier in the week, she also told the conservative news channel that the 2020 election was significantly impacted by votes cast through machines from Dominion Voting Systems, which she said had been altered to go to Joe Biden instead of Trump. Powell told host Greg Kelly she has an affidavit of a former high-ranking Venezuelan military officer, which she said proves Dominion's machines were created in Venezuela at the direction of the late Hugo Chavez to ensure he never lost an election. She also made similar claims during her press conference alongside Giuliani Thursday, in which she declared Trump had actually won the election by a 'landslide' but had been cheated by an 'algorithm' designed by Dominion Voting Systems. Making specific mention of her assertions that Cuba, Venezuela and other 'communist' nations had hacked the election, Carlson said he repeatedly asked Powell to provide evidence to support her comments, but she reportedly refused.
She is also not a lawyer for the president in his personal capacity," said Mr Giuliani and Jenna Ellis in the statement. On Saturday Ms Powell, a former federal prosecutor, claimed an upcoming Georgia election lawsuit "will be biblical" as the president's campaign continues to try and prove its unfounded voter fraud allegations. During the press conference last week Ms Powell claimed that Mr Trump had won the election by a "landslide" but had been cheated by an "algorithm" designed by Dominion Voting Systems in their ballot machines. Ms Powell claimed that the fraud was controlled figures including George Soros, the Clinton Foundation, communists from Venezuela, Cuba and China and corrupt election officials. DONALD Trump has denied having ties to lawyer Sidney Powell a day after Tucker Carlson called out her lack of evidence to support the president's voter fraud claims. The Trump campaign said in a statement on Sunday that the attorney from North Carolina "is not a lawyer for the president in his personal capacity." 7 President Trump said on Sunday that attorney Sidney Powell 'is not a lawyer' for his legal team Credit: AP:Associated Press 7 Powell 'is not a member of the Trump legal team,' according to a statement released by the Trump campaign Credit: AP:Associated Press The conservative attorney, who is a longtime supporter of QAnon conspiracy theories, is also "not a lawyer for the president in his personal capacity," the campaign added. The statement was signed by the president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis. Trump's disassociation with Powell came two days after Carlson cast doubt on the lawyer's election voter fraud claims on a Thursday night broadcast of Tucker Carlson Tonight. 7 Rudy Giuliani released a statement from the Trump campaign saying that Powell 'is not a lawyer' for the president Credit: EPA 7 Powell's snub came two days after Tucker Carlson called her out for not producing evidence to back her voter fraud claims "When we checked with others around the Trump campaign, people in positions of authority, they told us Powell has never given them any evidence either, nor did she provide any today at the press conference." 7 Powell, a North Carolina native, has staunchly supported Trump's claims of a 'rigged election' Credit: Republican National Lawyers Association 7 Powell appeared alongside Giuliani and Trump campaign adviser Jenna Ellis at a Thursday afternoon presser Credit: C-Span Powell had made headlines in recent weeks for her increasingly outrageous and unsupported claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, repeatedly vowing to "release the kraken" of evidence, only to refuse to produce it when asked by reporters. But the team has so far failed to produce any meaningful legal wins, and, in fact, has been repeatedly rebuffed by federal judges who have excoriated the Trump lawyers for demanding draconian measures — like throwing out millions of lawful ballots — without presenting evidence to justify it. The national GOP on Thursday posted a video clip of Powell making the claim, and Ellis, the Trump campaign's attorney, celebrated Powell's remarks at last week's press conference.