President Donald Trump’s lawyers are continuing to contest the results of the general election in hopes of proving their allegations of widespread voter fraud — and apparently, they aren’t the only ones.
According to The Hill, Trump’s lawyers put out a statement Sunday announcing that attorney Sidney Powell, who made headlines after putting forth stunning but unproven claims that a voting machine company rigged its software to tamper with votes, is not a part of their legal team.
Powell appeared alongside Trump’s personal lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis at a press conference last week that detailed claims of voter fraud. Now, however, it seems Giuliani and company are trying to keep Powell at arms’ length.
“Not a lawyer for the president”
In a statement Sunday, Giuliani and Ellis said plainly that “Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own.”
“She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team,” they said, according to The Hill. “She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity.”
As The Hill noted, the remarks appear to be at odds with a tweet put out by the president himself last week that specifically named Powell as one of his attorneys, leading some to believe she may have been fired.
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
“Staying the course”
But according to an article by National Review writer Isaac Schorr, Powell had told podcast host Larry O’Connor on Friday that she was not being paid by the president or his campaign.
“I’m being paid by the people of the United States of America, and I want to make sure we get this right for the future of this country,” Powell said.
An author and one-time federal prosecutor, Powell gained national prominence in recent years for her representation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Flynn said in a tweet on Sunday evening that his lawyer had “been suspended from Twitter for 12 hours,” and provided an update on her behalf following Giuliani and Ellis’ announcement.
“She understands the [White House] press release [and] agrees with it,” Flynn said of Powell. “She is staying the course to prove the massive deliberate election fraud that robbed #WeThePeople of our votes for President Trump [and] other Republican candidates.”