Sidney Powell Pleads Guilty to Trying to Overturn Trump’s Georgia Election Loss, Agrees to Testify at Codefendants’ Trials
When you’ve been indicted four separate times in a matter of months, are currently at trial to determine the fate of your eponymous business, and are facing the very realof once again being found liable for defamation, any given day has the potential to bring very bad legal news. And on Thursday, Donald Trump got some of the exceedingly bad variety.
That occurred when attorney Sidney Powellto attempting to overturn Trump’s 2020 election loss in Georgia. Specifically, Powell pleaded guilty—just one day before jury selection was scheduled to begin in her trial—to six misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit intentional interference with performance of election duties, and in exchange, received six years of probation, a $6,000 fine, and an order to write a letter of apology to Georgia and its residents. Perhaps most significant? That Powell agreed to testify against her codefendants at future trials.
As The Washington Post, Powell is the second of Trump’s 18 codefendants in the Fulton County racketeering case to accept a plea deal, the other being bail bondsman Scott Hall. But Powell’s plea seemingly poses a much bigger risk to Trump, given that she is “the first person with direct ties to [the ex-president] and his inner circle to plead guilty in the Georgia case,” a development that “could have far-reaching implications” for the former guy.
“This is somebody who was at ground zero of these allegations and a lawyer who is pleading guilty,” John Fishwick, a former US attorney for the Western District of Virginia, told the Associated Press. “This is very significant.”
Trumpto the Fulton County charges in August, shortly after he became the first ex-president in history to have his mug shot taken.