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Trump ally Sidney Powell pleads guilty to conspiracy charges in 2020 Georgia election

WashingtonSydney PowellA lawyer who was a key figure in former President Donald Trump’s alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election results has pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor charges after reaching a deal with Fulton County prosecutors, in Georgia.

Powell appeared in Fulton County Superior Court on Thursday, where a prosecutor outlined the terms of the plea agreement. In exchange for her guilty plea, Powell was sentenced to six years of probation and must pay a $6,000 fine and $2,700 in restitution to the state of Georgia. The judge in the case signed the agreement during the hearing.

Powell is also required to testify “truthfully against all of the co-defendants in this case,” McAfee said.

A November 19, 2020 photo shows Sidney Powell speaking during a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC.
A November 19, 2020 photo shows Sidney Powell speaking during a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC.

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Powell was among conservative lawyers who made baseless claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election and participated in a contentious White House meeting in December 2020, during which White House lawyers confronted her , as well as lawyer Rudy Giuliani, over their election claims.

She and 18 others, including Trump, were indicted by a Fulton County grand jury in August. Powell initially faced seven charges and pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the charges in the original indictment as part of the plea agreement.

The guilty plea comes shortly before Powell and Kenneth Chesebro, another co-defendant, are set to stand trial. Chesebro has pleaded not guilty and jury selection for his trial will begin as scheduled on Friday.

Powell’s guilty plea

Court documents filed in Fulton County Superior Court showed Powell pleaded guilty to six counts of conspiracy to commit intentional interference with election duties. All six counts related to a scheme in which Powell coordinated with a data company, SullivanStrickler, to access election data from Coffee County, Georgia.

“The purpose of the conspiracy was to use Misty Hampton’s position to illegally access secure election machines in Coffee County, Georgia,” Assistant District Attorney Daysha Young said during the hearing, referring to the director of elections. county elections who was also indicted. The goal was to “deliberately tamper with electronic vote markers and tabulation machines” and remove voting data from election systems. Powell contracted with SullivanStrickler to travel to Coffee County to obtain the data.

Sitting next to her attorney Thursday, Powell said she understood the terms of the plea agreement and admitted to the facts presented by the prosecutor.

Powell is also barred from communicating with “co-defendants, witnesses and the media until this case is completely closed against all defendants.” She must turn over documents to prosecutors and wrote a letter of apology to Georgia citizens as part of the deal.

Asked if anyone forced her, threatened her or promised anything in exchange for her guilty plea, Powell said, “other than what’s recited in the documents, no.”

Powell is the second defendant to plead guilty in the sprawling case. Scott Hall, a bail bondsman, became the first when he pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor charges in late September. He was sentenced to five years of probation, a $5,000 fine and 200 hours of community service.

Trump and the other co-defendants have pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing.


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