Donald Trump is distancing himself from lawyer Sidney Powell after she turned state's witness in the Georgia "election subversion" case.
"Despite the Fake News reports to the contrary, and without even reaching out to ask the Trump Campaign, MS. POWELL WAS NOT MY ATTORNEY, AND NEVER WAS," Trump posted on social media.
Powell famously advanced Trump's claims that the 2020 election was stolen during the contest's turbulent aftermath. She was labeled a crackpot by the media for her pledges to expose massive fraud.
The former Michael Flynn lawyer is broadly accused of being part of an amorphous racketeering "conspiracy" by advocating Trump's stolen election claims.
Trump said Powell "was one of millions and millions of people who thought, and in ever increasing numbers still think, correctly, that the 2020 Presidential Election was RIGGED & STOLLEN, AND OUR COUNTRY IS BEING ABSOLUTELY DESTROYED BECAUSE OF IT!!!"
While distancing himself from her, Trump praised Powell for a "valiant job" representing his former adviser Michael Flynn, who was charged in the "ruthless" Russian collusion probe.
Powell appeared at a November 2020 press conference with Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and Jenna Ellis where, according to the indictment, Powell "made false statements" about voter fraud.
Powell has pled guilty to breaching election equipment in Republican-controlled Coffee County as part of an effort to prove voter fraud.
Kenneth Chesbro pled guilty to a felony charge for organizing alternate, pro-Trump electors, which prosecutors and media have described as "fake electors."
Ellis pled guilty Tuesday in a tearful statement expressing remorse before the court.
Trump is also facing a federal case in Washington D.C. for allegedly subverting the election.
But the Georgia case is more ambitious, charging not only Trump, but 18 others, including his lawyers, in a sweeping "criminal enterprise" to overturn the election in Georgia, which Joe Biden carried by a mere 10,000 votes.
Powell had asked for a quick trial along with Chesbro. The prosecutor, Fani Willis, responded by pushing for Trump and all 18 co-defendants to go on trial in October, but the maneuver was rejected by the judge.
Powell must cooperate with prosecutors and write a letter of apology to Georgia as part of her deal.
Trump is running for the presidency again in 2024, and he is leading Joe Biden in the polls. He has dismissed the Georgia indictment, and three others, as baseless and politically motivated.