Dallas lawyer Sidney Powell is at the head of President Donald Trump’s legal team alleging unsubstantiated claims of widespread election fraud, and she made headlines after Trump’s legal team held a closely watched news conference Thursday. Here are five things you need to know about her.
Powell has propagated a conspiracy theory in which the president’s campaign claims that an “algorithm” was developed by Democrats to switch votes from Trump to President-elect Biden, but it broke down because of unprecedented strong support for Trump. In order to make up for this error, she claims Democrats manipulated the vote with mail-in ballots.
However, there is no evidence that her claims are true. Furthermore, it would require election workers across the country to be involved in this fraud scheme, according to The Washington Post.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson said he invited the Dallas lawyer on his show, but Powell refused to give him and his team evidence for her claim.
“She never sent us any evidence, despite a lot of requests, polite requests,” Carlson said on his show Thursday. “Not a page. When we kept pressing, she got angry and told us to stop contacting her.”
Powell has since responded to Carlson’s critique, telling a journalist from The Washington Examiner that “evidence continues to pour in, but a 5 minute television hit is not my focus right now.”
Powell is originally from Durham, N.C., but she was an assistant U.S. attorney and appellate section chief in the Western and Northern Districts of Texas. In Western Texas, Powell was a prosecutor in the trial of American drug trafficker Jimmy Chagra for criminal enterprise violations. Among other crimes, Chagra was implicated in the 1979 assassination of U.S. District Judge John H. Wood Jr. in San Antonio.
Powell established her law firm in Dallas, focusing on high-profile lawsuits in 1993. She is affiliated with the Texas State Bar and the Dallas Bar Association.
Powell alleged another conspiracy — that Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was the victim of “egregious government misconduct” and a “set-up” involving spying by the FBI.
In 2019, after Powell called on Flynn to withdraw his guilty pleas for making false statements to the FBI during the Mueller probe, Flynn released his original legal team and hired Powell as his lead attorney. She is responsible for changing the narrative on Flynn’s legal strategy. Powell pushed for Flynn’s case to be dismissed for prosecutorial misconduct, saying Flynn was targeted by the intelligence community, but she has offered no real evidence of these allegations.
Powell has shared QAnon slogans on her social media, which refer to a conspiracy theory that alleges a cabal of child-abusers in the liberal elite manipulate world events.
Michael Flynn’s new attorney, Sidney Powell, has repeatedly retweeted major QAnon accounts, including one of the 3 people NBC News reported who helped popularize the conspiracy theory. pic.twitter.com/NErSoX04ex
— Alex Kaplan (@AlKapDC) June 12, 2019
Powel has appeared on a QAnon Youtube show, and she has repeatedly retweeted major QAnon accounts and used phrases like “#TheStormIsComing” which is used by supporters, according to Vice.