The trio of lawyers labeled by Trump legal advisor Jenna Ellis as an ‘elite strike force team’ seems to have suddenly fallen apart. After a bizarre press conference in which Sidney Powell spun conspiracy theories that were even more deranged than those of Rudy Giuliani, if you can imagine it, yesterday the very same Ellis who had praised her to the skies just days before announced that
Powell had been summarily dumped by the campaign.
The Trump campaign’s legal team has moved to distance itself from the firebrand conservative attorney after a tumultuous few days in which Powell made multiple incorrect statements about the election voting process, unspooled complex conspiracy theories and vowed to “blow up” Georgia with a “biblical” lawsuit.
“Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own. She is not a member of the Trump legal team. She is also not a lawyer for the president in his personal capacity,” Giuliani and another lawyer for Trump, Jenna Ellis, said in a statement on Sunday.
Trump himself has heralded Powell’s involvement, tweeting last week that she was part of a team of “wonderful lawyers and representatives” spearheaded by Giuliani.
Powell made headlines with her statements at a Thursday news conference where, joined by Giuliani and Ellis, she incorrectly suggested that a server hosting evidence of voting irregularities was located in Germany, that voting software used by Georgia and other states was created at the direction of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and that votes for Trump had probably been switched in favour of Biden.
In a subsequent interview with Newsmax on Saturday, she appeared to accuse Georgia’s Republican governor, Brian Kemp, and its Republican secretary of state of being part of a conspiracy involving a voting-system contract award that she contends harmed Trump’s re-election bid.
“Georgia’s probably going to be the first state I’m going to blow up and Mr Kemp and the secretary of state need to go with it,” she said, later adding that a lawsuit she planned to file against the state would be “biblical”.
The status of that lawsuit was unclear on Sunday night.
Chavez died in 2013, so he must have had considerable foresight to create a plan to subvert Trump’s re-election seven years later.
Oh, Sidney, I was so looking forward to hearing more of your theories! It is possible that the extremely nutty right-wing cable news channel OAN will give her her own show. She seems like a good fit.