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Trump Campaign Abruptly Drops Sidney Powell, A Key Member Of Trump’s Legal Team


Trump Campaign Abruptly Drops Sidney Powell, A Key Member Of Trump’s Legal Team


President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani have abruptly cut ties with Sidney Powell, a key member of his legal team who also represents former national security adviser Michael Flynn in his long-running attempt to unravel a guilty plea for lying about his 2016 contacts with Russia.

“Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own,” Giuliani and campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis said in a terse Sunday-evening statement. “She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team. She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity.”

Trump first announced that Powell would be part of his legal team on Nov. 14.

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.

She has accused election officials in multiple states of committing crimes, and in recent days turned on Georgia’s Republican governor, Brian Kemp, who on Friday helped certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state. Her attack on Kemp, which also included the threat of a “biblical” lawsuit, appeared to unsettle some of Trump’s allies.

“Sidney Powell accusing Governor Brian Kemp of a crime on television yet being unwilling to go on TV and defend and lay out the evidence that she supposedly has, this is outrageous conduct,” former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Sunday.

According to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, there was apparently a major argument among the lawyers over the weekend.


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