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According to Trump's campaign, lawyer and QAnon supporter Sidney Powell is NOT on their legal team


The Trump administration tried to distance itself from Attorney Sidney Powell on Thursday, insisting that she not be a member of their legal team after spreading a series of wild and unfounded conspiracy theories about election fraud.

In a brief written statement released on Sunday evening, Trump's chief attorney Rudy Giuliani and senior legal counsel Jenna Ellis said Powell "is a lawyer himself."

"She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team," it said. "Nor is it a shift for the President in a personal capacity."

The announcement came a day after a judge dismissed the campaigning lawsuit to halt the Pennsylvanian President-elect Joe Biden's victory. This was a severe blow to Trump's efforts to overcome his November 3 election loss.

Just a few days earlier, on Thursday, Powell and Giuliani took the stage at a bizarre press conference at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee in Washington, at which, astonishingly, she claimed that the Democrats "paid" to falsify the elections.

In response to her rejection, Powell said in a statement to CBS News that she "understands" today's press release.

"I will continue to represent #WeThePeople whose votes for Trump and other Republicans have been stolen by massive fraud," she continued. "The chips will fall where they like, we will defend the foundations of this great republic."

Sidney Powell, right, speaks next to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as members of President Donald Trump's legal team during a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Thursday, November 19, 2020

According to Maggie Haberman, a reporter for the New York Times, sources brought up on the matter tried to distance themselves from Powell after a “big fight” took place yesterday on the president's legal team.

Trump was reportedly upset that the federal judge had rejected his campaign's efforts to block voting in Pennsylvania this weekend.

"Powell was the easiest of the island to vote, especially since the president received complaints about her from a number of people," Haberman wrote in a tweet.

Trump had previously publicly recognized Powell as a member of his "Elite, Strike Force" legal team in a November 14 tweet.

"I look forward to Mayor Giuliani leading the legal effort to defend OUR RIGHT to FREE and FAIR ELECTIONS!" Trump tweeted. "Rudy Giuliani, Joseph diGenova, Victoria Toensing, Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis, a really great team, contributed to our other wonderful lawyers and agents!"

Powell, a noted QAnon conspiracy theorist, has leaked a number of quirky stories of electoral fraud to a number of news organizations in the past few days.

On Saturday, it appeared on Newsmax and promoted a number of savage conspiracy theories about the election, including the baseless claim that Trump lost Georgia because Governor Brian Kemp was bribed by an electoral system company.

"Georgia will likely be the first state I'll blow up, and Mr. Kemp and the Secretary of State have to go along," she told the network, adding that an impending lawsuit in the state would be "biblical" & # 39 ;.

Earlier this week, she told the conservative news channel that the 2020 elections were heavily influenced by votes cast on machines owned by Dominion Voting Systems. She said they had been changed to go to Joe Biden instead of Trump.

Without submitting evidence, Powell claimed that Dominion "has a long history of election fraud" and that this "is what it was originally created.

Powell said host Greg Kelly she had an affidavit from a former senior Venezuelan military officer proving that Dominion's machines were made in Venezuela on the instructions of the late Hugo Chavez to ensure he never lost an election.

"So don't tell me there is no evidence of fraud," she continued with the network. "We have increasing evidence of significant fraud in several states that is calling into question the validity of elections in each swing state."

She also made similar claims during her press conference next to Giuliani on Thursday, in which she said that Trump actually won the election through a "landslide" but had been betrayed by an "algorithm" developed by Dominion Voting Systems.

She went on to claim that the fraud was committed at the behest of billionaire Democrat George Soros, the Clinton Foundation, communists from Venezuela, Cuba and China, and corrupt election officials.

However, Dominion spokesman Michael Steel told Fox News on Sunday that the claims that my Powell just could never have made it.

"Well, it's physically impossible," Steel told the Network of Voices. When a voter votes on a Dominion machine, they fill out a ballot on a touch screen. They will be given a printed copy which they will then give to a local election officer for safekeeping.

He continued: “If there had been an electronic malfunction, the electronically reported balance sheet would not match the printed ballot papers. and in every case we've looked at – Georgia across the country – the printed ballot, the gold standard for electoral security, has hit the electronic balance sheet. & # 39;

Powell, an attorney for Michael Flynn (right), is a noted QAnon conspiracy theorist

Powell, an attorney for Michael Flynn (right), is a noted QAnon conspiracy theorist

Powell was admonished by Tucker Carlson during consecutive Thursday and Friday night broadcasts in which the Fox News host cast doubts on a number of Powell's allegations.

Carlson explicitly mentioned her claims that Cuba, Venezuela and other “communist” nations hacked the elections and repeatedly urged Powell to provide evidence for her comments, but she reportedly refused.

"When we kept pressing, she got angry and told us to stop contacting her," Carlson said Thursday.

"When we asked other people in authority as part of the Trump campaign, they told us that Powell had not presented them with any evidence, nor did they present any evidence at the press conference today."

The following night, after receiving a backlash online, Carlson released an update to his report.

"We have heard about this segment from a lot of people, including people in the White House and people close to the President," he said of his comments on Powell. & # 39; Like us, they found that this choice wasn't fair. Like us, they are ready to believe any explanation for what happened, ”said Carlson.

Then he added, "Like us, they haven't seen a single evidence that software changed voices."

Carlson said that while it "could have happened," no evidence has been presented that it happened.

"And with" them "we include other members of Donald Trump's own legal team.

"You haven't seen Powell's evidence either – no statements from software company employees, no damn internal documents, no copies of the software itself, so here we are."

Powell responded to Carlson's comments by insisting that she simply refused to provide evidence to the host because he was "very abusive, demanding and rude".

Trump's split from Powell comes a little over a week after he tweeted that the lawyer was called to a "really great team" led by Giuliani to investigate his allegations of election fraud

Fox News host Laura Ingram reacted with shock to Powell's sacking on Sunday night

Fox News host Laura Ingram reacted with shock to Powell's sacking on Sunday night

Powell is currently representing Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in his efforts to end a longstanding criminal case against him.

Powell claims that Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, was the victim of "tremendous government misconduct" and a "facility" spied on by the FBI.

In 2019, after Powell urged Flynn to withdraw his confessions of guilt for false statements to the FBI during Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia, Flynn fired his original legal team and hired Flynn as his chief attorney.

Powell has since pushed for Flynn's case to be dismissed for prosecutorial misconduct. Flynn has been targeted by the intelligence community, but they have so far provided no evidence to support these allegations.

The North Carolina native is also a longtime proponent of the QAnon conspiracy theory and frequently shares the group's taglines on her social media accounts like #TheStormisComing.

QAnon, first published on 4chan in 2017, is the far-right conspiracy theory that a cabal of satan-worshiping child traffickers is planning against President Trump who is trying to expose them.

Powell has also appeared on a QAnon YouTube show and has repeatedly retweeted QAnon accounts.

Trump's legal team has not had any significant legal wins to date

Trump's legal team has not had any significant legal wins to date

Trump's legal team has not had any significant legal success to date and has instead been repeatedly dismissed by federal judges who have convicted the president's attorneys for demanding extreme measures – such as dumping millions of legal ballots – with no evidence to prove it.

Earlier Sunday, Trump appealed against a federal judge's rejection of efforts to block his campaign to block voting rights certification in Pennsylvania.

The President and other plaintiffs appealed to the 3rd Court of Appeals.

The move came just a day after the judge issued a damning order that shot down allegations of widespread irregularities using postal ballot papers.

U.S. District Court judge Matthew Brann wrote in his ruling that Trump had asked the court to disenfranchise nearly 7 million voters. In the search for such a “startling result”, a plaintiff could be expected to present convincing legal arguments and “factual evidence of rampant corruption” – but “that did not happen”.

Brann described the case as "strained legal arguments without merit and speculative allegations".

The judge added that he "has no power to withdraw the right to vote from a single person, let alone millions of citizens".

The Brann lawsuit, filed on November 9, alleged inconsistent handling of postal ballot papers by county election officials. Some districts told voters that they could fix minor flaws such as a lack of "secrecy envelopes," while others did not.

"That claim was haphazardly stitched together like Frankenstein's monster," Brann wrote.

The Trump campaign responded with a statement that the Obama-appointed judge was blown up while promising to fight to the Supreme Court.

"Today's decision helps us with our strategy of getting to the US Supreme Court quickly," Trump campaign lawyers Giuliani and Ellis wrote in their statement.

Dominion Voting Systems says it is "physically impossible" for their machines to "switch votes from one candidate to another".

A spokesman for Dominion Voting Systems hit back on conspiracy theories the software company had mixed up in voting in favor of Joe Biden and insisted that it was "physically impossible" for its machines to change voter selection.

Michael Steel appeared at Fox News' America's news headquarters on Sunday to debunk allegations made by lawyers working for the Trump campaign who made unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud at a press conference earlier this week, alleging that Dominion had connections to Venezuela.

One of the lawyers, Sidney Powell, who was rejected by the Trump campaign on Sunday, claimed the president actually won the election "by landslide" but was defrauded by an "algorithm" designed by Dominion.

Powell later reiterated the outlandish conspiracy in an interview with Newsmax on Saturday in which she said Dominion's machines – which are used in 28 states – had been programmed to ensure that the votes cast for Trump actually went to Biden.

Without submitting evidence, Powell claimed that Dominion "has a long history of election fraud" and that this "is what it was originally created".

In response, Steel said on Sunday that Dominion was a non-partisan American company. It is not physically possible for our machines to switch votes from one candidate to another.

“Our electoral system is run by local elected officials and impartial election observers. We just provide a tool for counting ballots and printing and counting ballots, ”he continued.

Dominion spokesman Michael Steel (right) appeared at Fox News' American news headquarters on Sunday to debunk claims made by lawyers who worked for the Trump campaign that the company interfered in the election

Dominion spokesman Michael Steel (right) appeared at Fox News' American news headquarters on Sunday to debunk claims made by lawyers who worked for the Trump campaign that the company interfered in the election

During a bizarre press conference with Rudy Giuliani on Thursday at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, Powell claimed Dominion used smartmatic technology "developed in Venezuela under the direction of Hugo Chavez".

During a bizarre press conference with Rudy Giuliani on Thursday at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, Powell claimed Dominion used smartmatic technology "developed in Venezuela under the direction of Hugo Chavez".

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During a bizarre press conference with Rudy Giuliani on Thursday at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, Powell claimed Dominion used Smartmatic technology "developed in Venezuela under the direction of Hugo Chavez".

Powell claimed Chavez, who died in 2013, developed Smartmatic technology to ensure he never lost an election.

She also claimed that votes were counted for the US elections in countries like Spain and Germany.

Steel vehemently disapproved of Powell's ideas, insisting, “There is no way such massive fraud could have occurred, and there are no links between our company and Venezuela, Germany, Barcelona, ​​Kathmandu (or whatever) is always the latest conspiracy theory. "

When host Eric Shawn pressed how he could be sure Dominion's machines were safe, he said that when voters cast their ballots, they would fill them out on a touch screen and then get a hard copy to send to a local Handed over to election officials for safekeeping.

Dominion pointed out that CISA stated that contrary to what the president claims, the 2020 election was indeed the "safest in American history."

Dominion pointed out that CISA stated that contrary to what the president claims, the 2020 election was indeed the "safest in American history."

"If there was an electronic malfunction, the electronically reported balance sheet would not match the printed ballot," said Steel. "And in every case we've looked across the country in Georgia, the printed ballot, the gold standard for election security, has hit the electronic balance sheet."

Steel, who said he identified himself as a Conservative Republican, added that Dominion "would like to see facts or evidence". The Trump campaign needs to back up their wild allegations.

"We haven't seen any so far," said Steel, adding that President Trump won 52 percent of the vote in the 14 Pennsylvania counties that used Dominion machines.

In addition, Steel said Dominion didn't even have machines in some of the Wisconsin counties where the campaign alleged fraud.

"I don't see anyone wanting to take a position of authority in our electoral system or democracy just to undermine it," said Steel. “I think these are people with a public spirit. I think these are patriots and they do their best to make sure we get accurate and transparent results. "

When asked how he can be sure Dominion's machines are safe, spokesman Michael Steel said voters fill out their ballot papers on a touch screen and then receive a hard copy to hand over to a local election officer for safekeeping

Steel, who said he identified himself as a Conservative Republican, added that Dominion "would like to see facts or evidence". The Trump campaign needs to back up their wild allegations

Steel, who said he identified himself as a Conservative Republican, added that Dominion "would like to see facts or evidence". The Trump campaign needs to back up their wild allegations

When asked if an election worker could use a USB drive to add votes for a candidate, Steel clarified that the machines do not have such access points and said the tabs are not connected to the internet.

"It is not physically possible to do what they describe," said Steel.

Despite Dominion's assurances, Powell previously announced that it would “hopefully this week” file a lawsuit containing allegations of voting machine fraud.

While Powell has appeared at numerous press conferences with Giuliani and other members of Trump's legal team, the campaign released a statement on Saturday that it is not a legal representative of the president or his campaign.

In a detailed statement posted on its home page on Saturday, Dominion said it "categorically rejects false claims about voting changes and software problems with our voting system."

The company cited a statement by the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency that "there is no evidence that a voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or compromised in any way."

Dominion pointed out that CISA stated that contrary to what the president claims, the 2020 election was indeed the "safest in American history."

The company also announced that it has encouraged its employees to work from home for the time being and protect their social media accounts from "ongoing harassment and threats to personal security."

"Dominion employees are being forced to withdraw from their lives for personal safety reasons, not just for our employees themselves but for their extended families," the company wrote.

Sidney Powell (right) told Newsmax on Saturday that the Dominion voting systems used in 28 states were programmed so that the votes cast for Trump actually went to Biden

Sidney Powell (right) claimed to Newsmax on Saturday that Dominion's voting systems – used in 28 states – were programmed so that votes cast for Trump actually went to Biden

President Trump himself has routinely shared conspiracy theories about Dominion on his Twitter page with no evidence that the company is switching his votes to Biden

President Trump himself has routinely shared conspiracy theories about Dominion on his Twitter page with no evidence that the company is switching his votes to Biden

While Powell has appeared at numerous press conferences with Giuliani and other members of Trump's legal team, the campaign released a statement on Saturday that it is not a legal representative of the president or his campaign.

While Powell has appeared at numerous press conferences with Giuliani and other members of Trump's legal team, the campaign released a statement on Saturday that it is not a legal representative of the president or his campaign.

President Trump himself has routinely shared conspiracy theories about Dominion on his Twitter page with no evidence that the company is switching his votes to Biden.

"Report: Dominion has cut 2.7 million Trump votes nationwide," the president wrote in all caps on November 12, with no supporting material. The data analysis found that 221,000 Pennsylvania votes were moved from President Trump to Biden.

"941,000 Trump votes have been deleted," he continued. States using Dominion voting systems have moved 435,000 votes from Trump to Biden. @ChannelRion @OANN & # 39 ;.

Christopher Krebs, who Trump dismissed as senior US cybersecurity officer last week, has protested the claims.

Krebs tweeted last week: "On the basis of allegations that electoral systems have been manipulated, 59 electoral security experts agree:" In every case we know of, these claims were either unfounded or technically incoherent. "

"This moves to the Supreme Court": Trump campaign beats up Obama-appointed judge who drafted the Pennsylvania court ruling

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The two top Trump campaign lawyers – Rudy Giuliani (left) and Jenna Ellis (right) – released a statement Saturday blowing up the Pennsylvania federal judge and promising to take their fight to the Supreme Court

Two attorneys, Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, who led the Trump campaign's legal effort to challenge the election results, released a statement in response to the ruling that they intend to appeal to the country's highest court.

"Today's decision helps us with our strategy of getting to the US Supreme Court quickly," the statement said.

"While we disagree with this point of view, we are grateful to the Obama-appointed judge for making this anticipated decision quickly, rather than simply trying to run out of time."

The statement went on to say: “We will be taking an expedited appeal to the Third Circuit.

"There is so much evidence that the Pennsylvania Democrats missed our opportunity to produce 50 witnesses and other evidence that election officials blatantly ignored the Pennsylvania law denying independent scrutiny."

This resulted in 682,777 ballots being cast illegally, hilariously, or unintentionally.

“This is just an extension of the Big Tech, Big Media, and Corrupt Democrat censorship of damn facts the American public needs to know.

“We are disappointed that at least we did not have the opportunity to present our evidence at a hearing. Unfortunately, the censorship continues.

“We hope that the Third Circle will be as friendly as Judge Brann if it decides on our appeal in one way or another as soon as possible.

"This is another case that appears to be moving quickly to the United States Supreme Court."

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