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5 things to know about Sidney Powell, the Dallas lawyer formerly on Trump’s legal team

Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that Powell is no longer on the Trump legal team, and she told CBS she’ll continue to press legal action about ‘massive fraud.’

Updated at 1:20 p.m. with an additional comment about Powell.

Dallas lawyer Sidney Powell was with President Donald Trump’s legal team alleging unsubstantiated claims of widespread election fraud, and she made headlines Thursday when she and others on the team held a lengthy news conference at GOP headquarters at which they leveled outlandish and unfounded allegations about an international conspiracy to steal the election.

But Sunday evening, Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and fellow Trump attorney Jenna Ellis very publicly disavowed her.

“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,” they said in a statement issued by the Trump campaign.

Powell responded in a statement to CBS, saying, “I understand today’s press release. I will continue to represent #WeThePeople who had their votes for Trump and other Republicans stolen by massive fraud through Dominion and Smartmatic, and we will be filing suit soon. The chips will fall where they may, and we will defend the foundations of this great Republic.”

A Trump adviser reportedly told The New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman the Dallas attorney “was too conspiratorial even for [Trump].”

Here are five things you need to know about her.

1. Unsubstantiated claims of election fraud

Powell has propagated a conspiracy theory in which the president’s campaign claims that an “algorithm” was developed by Democrats to switch votes from Trump to President-elect Biden, but it broke down because of unprecedented strong support for Trump. In order to make up for this error, she claims Democrats manipulated the vote with mail-in ballots.

However, there is no evidence that her claims are true. Furthermore, it would require election workers across the country to be involved in this fraud scheme, according to The Washington Post.

2. Tension with Tucker

Fox News host Tucker Carlson said he invited the Dallas lawyer on his show, but Powell refused to give him and his team evidence for her claim.

“She never sent us any evidence, despite a lot of requests, polite requests,” Carlson said on his show Thursday. “Not a page. When we kept pressing, she got angry and told us to stop contacting her.”

Powell has since responded to Carlson’s critique, telling a journalist from The Washington Examiner that “evidence continues to pour in, but a 5 minute television hit is not my focus right now.”

3. Powell in Texas

Powell is originally from Durham, N.C., but she was an assistant U.S. attorney and appellate section chief in the Western and Northern Districts of Texas. In Western Texas, Powell was a prosecutor in the trial of American drug trafficker Jimmy Chagra for criminal enterprise violations. Among other crimes, Chagra was implicated in the 1979 assassination of U.S. District Judge John H. Wood Jr. in San Antonio.

Powell established her law firm in Dallas, focusing on high-profile lawsuits in 1993. She is affiliated with the Texas State Bar, and she was a member of the Dallas Bar Association until the end of 2014, according to the association.

4. Representing Michael Flynn

Powell alleged another conspiracy — that Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was the victim of “egregious government misconduct” and a “set-up” involving spying by the FBI.

In 2019, after Powell called on Flynn to withdraw his guilty pleas for making false statements to the FBI during the Mueller probe, Flynn released his original legal team and hired Powell as his lead attorney. She is responsible for changing the narrative on Flynn’s legal strategy. Powell pushed for Flynn’s case to be dismissed for prosecutorial misconduct, saying Flynn was targeted by the intelligence community, but she has offered no real evidence of these allegations.

5. QAnon support

Powell has shared QAnon slogans on her social media, which refer to a conspiracy theory that alleges a cabal of child-abusers in the liberal elite manipulate world events.

Powel has appeared on a QAnon Youtube show, and she has repeatedly retweeted major QAnon accounts and used phrases like “#TheStormIsComing” which is used by supporters, according to Vice.

Elizabeth Thompson, Washington Correspondent. Elizabeth Thompson covers politics for The Dallas Morning News. Elizabeth is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with double majors in journalism and vocal performance. She has also worked for PolitiFact NC and the Raleigh News & Observer.

elizabeth.thompson@dallasnews.com by_ethompson
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