Last week, Trump world was shaken when attorney Sydney Powell pleaded guilty in the Georgia election fraud case brought by Fulton County DA Fani Willis.
This was the first crack in the case of someone of importance.
Now, while Powell allegedly never worked directly for Trump, she was working with his operatives, such as Rudy Giuliani, so there was considerable debate about how impactful this plea would be for Trump regarding his defense strategy.
Based on Trump’s comments, I have to believe he is very concerned about her testifying against him.
The Trump Response
Powell was facing seven felony charges, so if she had been convicted on even one charge, at 68 years old, she likely would have died in prison.
Instead of taking that risk, she did exactly what Willis wanted, she took a plea deal on six misdemeanor counts.
She will now have six years of probation, a small fine, and she has agreed to testify against her fellow defendants in the case.
She also had to write a letter of apology to the state of Georgia and its residents.
Powell was in this mess up to her neck, and she could definitely hurt Trump, which is why he did not post his usual venom on Truth Social after the plea deal was made public.
Trump posted, “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.
“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!!!”
Now, while Trump says Powell was never officially a part of his team, you can expect this post on X (then called Twitter) to be introduced as evidence to counter his claims…
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
Just one more note… Jenna Ellis accepted a plea deal on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to a charge of aiding and abetting false statements and writings, a felony.
She agreed to five years of probation, a $5,000 fine, and 100 hours of community service. She is now the third attorney on the list of defendants to plead guilty, with attorney Kenney Chesebro being the other, who took a deal on Friday.
Ellis stated, “If I knew then what I know now, I would have declined to represent Donald Trump in these post-election challenges.
“I look back on this experience with deep remorse. For those failures of mine, your honor, I’ve taken responsibility already before the Colorado Bar, who censured me, and I now take responsibility before this court and apologize to the people of Georgia.”
This is damaging to Trump in far more than just his case in Georgia.
Virtually everyone who allies themselves with Trump has wound up in jail or had their careers ruined by their association with him and the narrative that the 2020 election was rigged.
At some point, people will start to wonder if attaching themselves to Trump is worth the risk of losing everything they have… just ask Kevin McCarthy, who lost his Speaker position over this, and Jim Jordan, who was denied the Speaker position for the same reason.