Donald Trump’s election campaign has distanced itself from a lawyer who made baseless allegations of voter fraud at a campaign news conference last week.
“Sidney Powell is practising law on her own,” Trump campaign lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis said in a statement on Sunday (local time).
“She is not a member of the Trump legal team. She is also not a lawyer for the president in his personal capacity.”
The announcement came a day after a judge dismissed the campaign’s lawsuit seeking to halt President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania, dealing a major blow to Trump’s flailing efforts to overturn his November 3 election loss.
Trump had referred to Powell as one of his lawyers in a November 14 tweet.
Powell drew criticism and ridicule on Thursday when she claimed without providing evidence that electronic voting systems had switched millions of ballots to favour Biden.
She was described as a member of the the “elite, strike force team” by Trump’s legal adviser Jenna Ellis at the same press conference.
High-profile Trump supporter outraged by antics
Her antics supposedly crossed the line on Saturday, when she accused Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp of working with Venezuela to have Joe Biden win the state.
The comment sparked outrage in high-profile Trump supporter, Chris Christie, the former Governor of New Jersey.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
“Sidney Powell accusing Governor Brian Kemp of a crime on television yet being unwilling to go on TV and defend and lay out the evidence that she supposedly has, this is outrageous conduct,” Mr Christie said on Sunday.
Powell had made other dramatic claims without evidence, saying she had a voter fraud case of “biblical” proportions in Georgia.
On Saturday, she told conservative Newsmax TV that “Georgia is probably going to be the first state I’m gonna blow up” and accused Republican Governor Brian Kemp of conspiring against Trump.
Powell is currently representing Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn in his long-running criminal case.
Democrats and some Republicans accuse Trump of trying to undermine faith in the American electoral system by promoting false claims of widespread voter fraud.
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