President Trump’s legal team made a smart move recently when it distanced itself from attorney Sidney Powell, who recently made some rather outlandish claims regarding the integrity of the presidential election. While many on the right are holding on to hope that she will provide evidence to back her claims, the president’s legal team made an understandable strategic decision.
On Sunday, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is also helping with the president’s lawsuits, issued a statement announcing that Powell “is not a member of the Trump Legal Team.” He added, “She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity.”
On Monday, Powell responded to Giuliani’s statement. “I agree with the campaign’s statement that I am not part of the campaign’s legal team. I never signed a retainer agreement or sent the President or the campaign a bill for my expenses or fees,” she tweeted.
The lawyer went on to repeat her claims that Dominion Voting System’s voting machines and software switched millions of votes from Trump to Biden. “The evidence I’m compiling is overwhelming that this software tool was used to shift millions of votes from President Trump and other Republican candidates to Biden and other Democrat candidates. We are proceeding to prepare our lawsuit and plan to file it this week. It will be epic,” she wrote.
Powell previously appeared with Giuliani and other members of Trump’s legal team during several press conferences over the past month. The president himself has referred to her as a member of his team of lawyers.
Powell’s wild claims are not helping the president’s efforts to get to the bottom of what happened with the 2020 election. Indeed, her insistence that she has incontrovertible proof to support her claims could easily derail the Trump team’s efforts.
The attorney promised that she would lay out all of the evidence proving the existence of a vast conspiracy to switch millions of votes from Biden to Trump “within two weeks.” In an appearance on Newsmax, she characterized the impending lawsuit as “biblical.”
But if two weeks pass and Powell doesn’t deliver the goods, then it could discredit the rest of the Trump team’s allegations of voter fraud. It would make their allegations easily dismissable. This is why the president’s legal squad made the decision to distance itself from Powell. If it turns out that she was misleading the public, she will crash and burn on her own. However, if she is telling the truth, the bombshell revelations will only help the president.
Moreover, it is important to note that Powell’s statements are not only potentially harmful to Trump, they are also undermining the senate runoff election in Georgia. The attorney’s allegation that Republican officials were in on the voting software conspiracy isn’t doing the GOP any favors as it attempts to keep control of the Senate.
“The lawyer, who was cut loose by the Trump campaign on Sunday, claimed that the Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger were paid to be involved in an alleged conspiracy around the use of Dominion Voting Systems,” according to Newsweek, which noted that “she also made the unfounded claim on Newsmax that Rep. Doug Collins would have beaten Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in the special election for her seat, were it not for the alleged conspiracy.”
The reality is that there is no upside for the Trump team if they continued to align themselves with Sidney Powell. She has made some wild claims without providing much in the way of proof to show that voting machines stole the election for Biden.
In light of this, it makes sense that the Trump team would place distance between itself and Powell. The next two weeks will be critical for both. But the president can’t run the risk of having his allegations completely discredited by an overly anxious lawyer.
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