Powell had made headlines in recent weeks for his increasingly outrageous and unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election, repeatedly promising to “release the crack” of evidence, only to refuse to present it when journalists were asked about that.
She has accused election officials in several states of committing crimes and has in recent days turned to Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who on Friday helped certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state. Her attack on Kemp, which also included the threat of a “biblical” trial, appeared to disrupt some of Trump̵
“Sidney Powell accuses Gov. Brian Kemp of a crime on television, yet is unwilling to go on television and defend and lay the evidence she allegedly has, this is outrageous behavior,” former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday. .
Trump announced Powell as a key element of his legal team in a recent tweet, declaring that she, Giuliani and others would form a team that would later christen itself as an “elite battleground.”
But the team has so far failed to make any meaningful legal gains and has in fact been repeatedly rejected by federal judges who have exterminated Trump lawyers for demanding draconian measures – such as throwing millions of legitimate votes – without providing evidence to justify it. .
In recent days, Republicans who were in line with the National Party began to express increasing reservations about Powell’s rhetoric, including the claim that Trump had “won by a landslide,” even though Biden is millions ahead in the referendum and won states accordingly. to 306 votes compared to Trump’s 232.
The National GOP on Thursday released a video clip of Powell making the claim, and Ellis, the Trump campaign’s advocate, celebrated Powell’s remarks at last week’s press conference.
Mike DuHaime, the former political director of the Republican National Committee, tweeted Sunday that the party should pull down its tweet supporting Powell’s remarks now that she has been removed from representing Trump or the campaign.
“This is crazy / embarrassing to promote,” he tweeted.
And Powell’s attack on Georgia’s governor and top election official, Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, comes as the GOP fights to retain control of the Senate in two Georgia runoffs scheduled for Jan. 5.
Powell has been part of the conservative media circuit for years, but became particularly prominent in the Trump era as a flynn lawyer for Flynn. Flynn, who pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI, fired his legal team last year and hired Powell, who helped lead his push to overturn his guilty plea and file burning court files on allegations of the FBI and the Department of Justice offense.
During a hearing on the case in September, Powell revealed that she had held a meeting with Trump in previous weeks in which she urged him not to forgive Flynn so they could continue to fight his case.
Powell has attacked the judge in the case, Emmet Sullivan, even though she once rewarded him in a book for his handling of prosecution in the case of former Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska.