President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that Sidney Powell, an attorney who made unsupported claims of voter fraud at a press conference at Republican National Committee headquarters last week, isn’t part of the president’s legal team.
Mr. Giuliani said in a statement that Ms. Powell “is practicing law on her own. She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team. She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity.” The statement didn’t offer further explanation, and the campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The apparent effort of the Trump legal team to distance themselves from Ms. Powell comes after she has been functioning as a member of the president’s legal team. Mr. Trump included her in a list of his team’s lawyers in a Nov. 14 tweet, saying she was part of a “truly great team, added to our other lawyers and representatives!”
In an emailed statement, Ms. Powell said: “I agree with the statement today. I will represent #WeThePeople and seek the Truth. I intend to expose all the fraud and let the chips fall where they may. We will not allow the foundations of this great Republic to be destroyed by abject fraud.”
The announcement came as the president has seen a series of courtroom defeats in his efforts to overturn his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden. The latest came Saturday when a federal judge in Pennsylvania dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit that accused Pennsylvania officials of enabling voter fraud.