- The Trump campaign on Sunday announced that it would part ways with lawyer Sidney Powell.
- Powell’s wild conspiracy theories reportedly proved too much even for President Donald Trump when his campaign to overturn the election results in court fell into a farce last week.
- Powell has alleged a major conspiracy by communists, financier George Soros, and GOP officials in Georgia to steal Trump’s election. She has not provided any convincing evidence to support the claims.
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When President Donald Trump announced on November 15 the legal team leading his campaign to reverse the presidential election result, including Dallas attorney Sidney Powell, he called the members a “really great team.”
But just a week later, the Trump campaign abruptly distanced itself from Powell. The attorney’s extravagant conspiracy theories evidently became too much even for a president whose political identity is suspected by the Deep State elites.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
Sources close to the president told Maggie Haberman of the New York Times that Powell’s claims had become too much for Trump and that the president had been “excited” for days about Powell and Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who took up the challenge Trump campaign got spearheaded in court.
A particular focus of his anger is said to have been the bizarre press conference last Thursday, at which Powell voiced the wild conspiracy theory – without evidence – that Venezuelan socialists and the Jewish financier George Soros had staged a huge conspiracy with rigged voting machines to steal the elections from Trump.
“She was too conspiratorial even for him,” a Trump adviser told Haberman.
Another turning point apparently came with a federal judge’s rejection of a federal judge’s contestation of the Trump election campaign against the Pennsylvania election result on Saturday. That rejection included the withering criticism of the legal battle brought by the campaign lawyers.
– Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 23, 2020
A Trump campaign official reiterated the assessment in remarks to Los Angeles Times right-wing columnist Harry Litman.
In particular, in its presentations in the courtroom, where the finding of willful untruths can result in severe legal sanctions, the Trump campaign has refused to spread the more fiery claims of people like Powell.
– Harry Litman (@harrylitman) November 23, 2020
Powell is no stranger to conspiracy theories in defense of clients.
As an attorney for Michael Flynn, former White House national security adviser, she promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory, whose supporters believe, for no reason, that a “Deep State” cabal of Hollywood stars and Democrats who abuse children are secretly targeting Trump and his Allies planned.
Comments to the far-right news organization Newsmax just two days after Thursday’s press conference met with criticism even from the president’s allies.
In the interview, Powell claimed that senior Georgia Republican officials, including Governor Brian Kemp, were part of a conspiracy to fix the elections.
“Georgia is likely to be the first state I’ll blow up and Mr. Kemp and the Secretary of State have to go along,” she said, adding that her lawsuit would be “biblical” in its magnitude.
Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who has long advised Trump, on Sunday worried about the Trump campaign’s stalled legal efforts to overthrow the election, describing the president’s legal team to ABC News as ” national embarrassment “. He highlighted Powell’s allegations about GOP officials in Georgia for criticism and described their behavior as “outrageous”.
In a statement released after the Trump campaign severed ties with her, Powell refused to give in and vowed to file an “epic” lawsuit this week that contains evidence of the claims they made of the allies alienated from the president.
Powell did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.