Who is Sydney Powell?
Sidney Powell is a former Trump campaign attorney who rejoined Trump’s legal team in 2020 to aid in his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.
Powell was publicly disavowed by the rest of Trump’s legal team after spreading baseless theories about an international conspiracy to steal the election.
Powell’s defense said in court that “no reasonable person” would interpret her stolen election comments as fact.
Powell’s Accusations of Election Fraud
After the 2020 presidential election, former President Trump hired Sidney Powell as part of his legal team, led by Rudy Giuliani, to challenge the legitimacy of the results. Powell and Giuliani alleged multiple instances of voter fraud and filed lawsuits in numerous states.
In recorded testimony shown by the January 6th Committee, former White House counsel Pat Cipollone stated that when asked for evidence on her claims of election fraud, Powell had none to offer.
On December 18, 2020, Powell met with President Trump, former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and others to discuss a proposal to seize voting machines in an attempt to overturn the election results. In this same meeting, Trump suggested naming Powell as a special counsel for investigating election fraud in order to grant her higher clearance.
Powell Cut off From Trump Team
The Trump team disavowed Powell in late December 2020, after it became clear that her accusations of fraudulent voter machines were false.
After the Trump campaign ended their connection to Powell, she continued to file election lawsuits independently in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
She now faces possible disbarment due to false voter fraud allegations that she presented in court.
Dominion Voting Systems vs. Sidney Powell Lawsuit
In January 2021, Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit against Powell. In the ongoing suit, Dominion is claiming $1.3 billion in damages from baseless claims made against Dominion and their voting machines by Powell.
In response, Powell's lawyers have claimed that "no reasonable person" would have thought that Powell's statements about the stolen election and Dominion machines were factual.
Lawyers for Giuliani and Powell have both requested through attorneys that the suits be dismissed. A judge denied those motions. Neither case has had a verdict.