Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis tease Georgia prosecutors about Trump’s plans to stay in power: report
As Rudy Giuliani worked to keep Donald Trump in power after the 2020 presidential election, he became frustrated with some of his alleged co-conspirators, one of whom recently told prosecutors in Fulton County, Georgia, according to ABC News. Giuliani is said to have exploded in one “really ugly” meeting, Sidney Powell recalled, calling her a “bitch.”
“There was a big screaming match, where Rudy called me every name in the book, and I was the worst lawyer he had ever seen,” Powell said. “There were no circumstances that would allow him to work with me on anything.”
The revelation is one of many that Powell and another former Trump lawyer, Jenna Ellis, have shared with prosecutors, both of whom recently struck plea deals as part of a sprawling racketeering conspiracy case that has seen them charged alongside the former president and 16 of his other allies.
The subsequent presentation sessions, an opportunity for individuals to tell the government what they know about the investigation, were recorded with portions of the footage obtained by ABC News on Monday.
Giuliani’s spokesman appeared to confirm details of Powell’s rant — but claimed it meant he should be cleared of any wrongdoing in the case. “The government’s key witness, Sidney Powell, exonerated Rudy Giuliani of any involvement in the conspiracy by unequivocally stating that Rudy Giuliani told her he would never work with her on anything, under any circumstances,” said Ted Goodman, a political consultant. . to Giuliani, he told The Daily Beast.
He added: “If Fanny Willis had any integrity, she would dismiss the case against Rudy Giuliani and put an end to this farce of a trial designed solely to keep President Donald Trump out of the White House in 2024.”
But Giuliani’s meltdown was just one of many explosive details shared by Powell and Ellis as they outlined their efforts to overturn the election result.
At one October 23 hearing, Ellis said she reached out to her then-top aide Dan Scavino at a 2020 White House Christmas party to apologize for her lackluster legal challenges, but Scavino shut her down.
“And he said to me in an excited tone, ‘Well, we don’t care, we’re not leaving,'” Ellis said. “And I said, ‘What do you mean?’ And he said, “Well, the President,” meaning President Trump — and everyone understood “The President,” and that’s what we all called him — said, “The President is not leaving under any circumstances.” “We will just remain in power.”
She continued: “And I said to him: Well, it doesn’t work that way, do you realize? “We don’t care,” he said.
Ellis said she and Scavino had consumed alcohol before the conversation, but she doesn’t think it affected his condition or her memory of the episode, ABC News reported. Scavino was not charged in the Georgia racketeering indictment.
The lawyer’s recollection of the conversation is one of the clearest direct examples of the conspiracy yet known to have been presented to the government as it attempted to prove that Trump rushed to illegally reverse the election result.
Trump’s lawyer, who has denied any wrongdoing in the Fulton County case, called the “alleged private conversation” Ellis described as “completely meaningless” in a statement to the network.
“The only salient fact in this nonsense investigation is that President Trump left the White House on January 20, 2021, and returned to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida,” Steve Sadow said. From the false and ridiculous “evidence” that DA Willis intends to rely on, this is yet another reason why this political case and farce (sic) must be dismissed.
Attorneys for Powell and Ellis declined to comment to ABC News, while Scavino and a spokesman for the Fulton County District Attorney did not respond to requests for comment. Ellis’ attorney, Frank Hough, said: Atlanta Journal-Constitution That his legal team did not leak the video to ABC News because they never received a copy of it.
Sources close to the matter told the newspaper that footage of the presentation sessions was sent to lawyers for all remaining defendants in the case as part of the discovery process.
As of Monday, four of the 19 defendants in the Fulton County case had accepted plea deals — Ellis, Powell, attorney Kenneth Chesebro and bail bondsman Scott Graham Hall. Ellis tearfully pleaded guilty to one felony count of aiding and abetting false statements and writings, while Powell pleaded guilty to six misdemeanors.
Both women managed to evade prison sentences, and were instead sentenced to several years of probation and heavy fines. Under the terms of their agreements, they will also have to write letters of apology to the people of Georgia, and give truthful testimony against other defendants, including Trump.
Prosecutors have reportedly discussed the possibility of striking deals with up to six other defendants in the case.
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