President Donald Trump and his legal team have recently distanced themselves from lawyer Sydney Powell. The Senior Legal Advisor to the Trump Campaign, Jenna Ellis, tweeted an image on Nov. 22 containing the statement, which read: 

“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.”

The statement was unclear on whether or not Powell was ever officially with the president’s legal team to begin with, but was signed off by both Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis. 

On Nov. 19, Powell spoke alongside Giuliani and Ellis in a press conference addressing the election and its alleged issues. Powell claimed that President Trump had not only won by a landslide but that they had proof of it.

“I want the American public to know right now that we will not be intimidated. American patriots are fed up with the corruption from the local level to the highest level of our government. And we are going to take this country back,” Powell said.

“President Trump won by a landslide, we are going to prove it and we are going to reclaim the United States of America for the people who vote for freedom.” 

Strategic Advisor to the Trump Campaign, Boris Epshteyn, congratulated the legal press team, including Powell, on Nov. 19 after their press conference. 

On Nov. 20, Powell was called into the Howie Carr show and spoke about federal lawsuits that would be filed by the end of the week. She claimed the lawsuits would be “smoking guns”, exposing a large conspiracy to commit voter fraud that would “thoroughly embarrass” many government agencies such as the Department of Justice and the National Security Administration.

The interview included allegations of “at least 10 million” fraudulent votes for Biden with “ 7 million votes being removed from President Trump.” Christopher Wray (current FBI director) and Gina Haspel (current CIA director) were both accused of ignoring known fraud and being involved in some instances. 

With the confusion of the legal team’s statement on Powell, many of President Trump’s opposition was quick to respond with a re-tweeted message from the President specifically naming Powell along with previous members of his legal team as a member of the team just seven days earlier. 

While it may be unclear to many whether or not Powell was ever a part of Trump’s official team this is not her first time within the Trump Administration’s circle. Sidney Powell is currently representing Michael Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency during President Trump’s 2016 election campaign. Flynn was relieved of his position by the President in Feb. 2017 due to his involvement in the Mueller Investigation.

Powell wrote a statement, on Nov. 22, in reaction to the Trump Campaign’s distancing.  

“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.”

On Nov. 23, in an interview with Lou Dobbs, Giuliani explained the reasoning behind the clarification of the role Powell plays on the legal team.

“I think it’s because we’re pursuing two different theories” said Giuliani, before moving on to explain the alleged voter fraud that will be addressed in the Trump Campaign’s lawsuits. 

The President has not made any comments or statements regarding Powell.

Written ByKarissa Leuschen

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