After attorney Sidney Powell pleaded guilty last week in the election interference and RICO case out of Fulton County, Georgia, Donald Trump, who in 2016 boasted that Powell had joined his legal team, claimed that she was never part of his legal team, CNN reported.
Powell pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor charges last Thursday and was sentenced to six years probation. Powell must also pay a $6,000 fine and restitution to the state of $2,700.
Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee signed off on the agreement and said Powell would also be required to testify against “any and all co-defendants” in the case.
Powell’s plea comes as her joint trial with attorney Kenneth Chesebro was scheduled to begin. Chesebro pleaded guilty last Friday as jury selection was about to begin.
Powell entered a guilty plea on six counts of conspiracy to commit intentional interference with the performance of election duties in connection to the scheme she coordinated with the data company SullivanStrickler to access Coffee County’s election data.
The former Trump attorney is also barred from communicating with the media, witnesses, or co-defendants until the case is closed. She must hand over documents to prosecutors and write a letter of apology to the residents of Georgia.
After her guilty plea, the former president attempted to distance himself from Powell, claiming in a post on Truth Social over the weekend that Powell was not one of his attorneys and “never was.” Trump claimed that Powell could not have represented him because “she would have been conflicted.”
However, in a tweet on November 15, 2020, Trump announced that Sidney Powell was “added” to his team of lawyers working on challenges to the presidential election.
Powell also participated in a Trump campaign press conference along with fellow Trump campaign attorneys Jenna Ellis and Rudy Giuliani. It was at this press conference that Powell made her unfounded claims about an international plot to flip millions of votes from Trump to Joe Biden.