Surprise: Trump Pretends He Barely Knows Sidney Powell After She Pleads Guilty and Agrees to Testify Against Codefendants
When Donald Trump was president, he had a go-to defense when his associates were accused of wrongdoing, when people accused him of wrongdoing, or when someone he knew did something he didn’t like: claim to have never met them. Did this mean he’d actually never met them? No, of course not; it was just something he said, even if there was overwhelming evidence to the contrary. For example, after writer E. Jean Carroll accused him of sexual abuse and defamation, hehe had no idea who she was, which might have been a little more believable if there wasn’t a literal photo of the two of them (which he later for a photo of his second wife). When the nomination of toilet entrepreneur Matthew Whitaker for attorney general hit the skids, the then president reporters, “I don’t know Matt Whitaker,” despite calling him “a great guy” a month prior and literally saying the words, “I know Matt Whitaker.” He did the same thing when it came to an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani’s, despite numerous photos and at least one video of the two of them; he did it ; and he even once did it .
In other words, it should not surprise a single solitary person to hear that now that one of his coup-plotting lawyers has pleaded guilty in the Georgia election case and agreed to testify against her codefendants, Trump is claiming to barely know her.
As CNN notes, Powell participated in a wild press conference, which wasin advance by Trump, in which she tied what she claimed was massive election fraud to Hugo Chavez. And despite the campaign attempting to distance itself from her after that, she was in the Oval Office soon after, as The Washington Post reports:
In a deposition with the panel, Powell said Trump “asked me to be special counsel to address the election issues and to collect evidence.”
Powell is unlikely to be the only attorney Trump claims to have never had a professional relationship with, or perhaps even known. Last week, former attorney Kenneth Chesebro pleaded guilty in the Georgia case, which legal expert Norman Eisen and writer Joshua Kolb havemay be even worse news for the ex-president, as Chesebro “provided the legal bedrock of the coup attempt.” (Trump has pleaded not guilty to all the Georgia charges.)