The Trump campaign has cut ties with controversial attorney Sidney Powell. The campaign claimed that she “is not a member of the Trump legal team,” even though the president and his attorney Rudy Giuliani had previously identified her as being on the team.
“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,” a statement from Giuliani and Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis said.
However, Powell was identified as a member of the Trump team by both Giuliani and Trump on numerous occasions. During a press conference on Thursday, Giuliani identified Powell as a member of Trump’s legal team, and Trump himself listed her as such in a tweet on November 14th.
The publicly-stated position of President Trump's legal team is that the reason Trump lost Georgia is because Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has been bribed by a Venezuelan front company in cahoots with the CIA to throw elections to Communists. https://t.co/1OZpTODaN1
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) November 22, 2020
“I look forward to Mayor Giuliani spearheading the legal effort to defend OUR RIGHT to FREE and FAIR ELECTIONS! Rudy Giuliani, Joseph diGenova, Victoria Toensing, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis, a truly great team, added to our other wonderful lawyers and representatives!” Trump tweeted.
Powell was even criticized by popular Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who voiced skepticism about Powell’s claim that Cuba, Venezuela, and other foreign nations hacked the election and took millions of votes away from Trump.
Carlson’s comments on Powell has sparked a massive backlash among much of his audience, but he insists that he is only following the evidence.
An update on our reporting on Sidney Powell’s voter fraud investigation. Watch. pic.twitter.com/ho6Dkv0IXf
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) November 21, 2020
After graduating from law school in 1978, Powell began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Western District of Texas, among other jurisdictions. She prosecuted Jimmy Chagra in 1979.
In 1988, she stopped working as a prosecutor and established her own firm in 1993. She has represented numerous clients, especially in appellate matters.
In the past, she has represented numerous controversial clients, including executives in the Enron scandal, and General Michael Flynn.
Powell spent nearly a decade in the 2000s representing firms and executives involved in the Enron scandal, including the accounting firm Arthur Andersen and former Merrill Lynch executive Jim Brown. Enron’s financial misconduct was exposed in October 2001, leading to the bankruptcy of Enron and the dissolution of Arthur Andersen, one of the five largest audit and accountancy partnerships in the world.
In 2019, Powell publicly called on General Michael Flynn to withdraw his guilty pleas for making false statements to the FBI, and in June 2019 Flynn released his law firm of Covington & Burling and retained Powell to serve as his lead attorney.
Powell’s appearances on Fox News to discuss the Flynn case were noticed by President Donald Trump, and the two spoke on several occasions.
Powell appeared in the cast of The Plot Against the President (2020), a documentary film directed by Amanda Milius and based on the book of the same title by journalist Lee Smith. The film examines circumstances leading up to the 2016 United States Presidential election, the following transition of power, and events that transpired after President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January of 2017.
Powell has made numerous media appearances both as a political and legal commentator and as a published writer on the subject of law. She has appeared on television shows including Lou Dobbs Tonight, Hannity, Shannon Bream’s show, Newsmax TV, and One America News, as well as on various radio shows.