Former Donald Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell's shocking plea bargain in the Georgia election subversion case.
This came on the eve of her trial, which could drastically alter the landscape of the ongoing state and federal prosecutions against the former president, as CNN reported.
Powell continued to post these claims on social media that the 2020 election was rigged against Trump as recently as Tuesday. But on Thursday, she headed into a courtroom in Atlanta and pled guilty to attempting to influence the 2020 election.
Her plea agreement with Fulton County prosecutors requires her to testify truthfully against her co-defendants in any future proceedings, including the one against Trump.
“This is a really big breakthrough for prosecutors,” CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig said Thursday on “News Central.” “There’s no such thing as halfway cooperation.”
Powell pled guilty to six misdemeanors in lieu of going to trial for seven felonies. As part of the agreement, prosecutors recommended a sentence of only probation.
Only two defendants, Powell and Trump-supporting attorney Kenneth Chesebro, invoked their right to an expeditious trial under Georgia law. Chesebro has entered a not-guilty plea, and jury selection will commence on in the near future.
The most apparent consequence of Powell's plea is that Trump's defense may suffer.
Powell attended a White House meeting on December 18, 2020, where Trump's most extreme supporters urged him to appoint her as a special counsel to investigate alleged voter fraud, to consider declaring martial law, and to sign executive orders directing the military to seize voting machines.
Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, and former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne, who were prominent proponents of refuted election conspiracy theories, were also in attendance.
Giuliani has pled not guilty in the Georgia case in which he was also indicted.
She is expected to testify about her direct involvement in the breach of election systems in Coffee County, Georgia, where a motley group of Trump supporters collaborated with a local election official to access sensitive government data in their fanciful search for massive voter fraud.
Powell was also in contact with the Trump White House and other figures in Trump's orbit during the frenetic post-election period.
During this time she publicly threatened to "release the kraken" by filing litigation across the country that she doubtfully claimed could keep Trump in power. Her lawsuits were dismissed as frivolous.