Former Trump Lawyer Sidney Powell Pleads Guilty to Election Interference
Former Donald Trump attorney, Sidney Powell, has pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor counts in the Georgia election interference case. The 68-year-old Powell reached a plea deal just one day before her trial was set to begin. As part of her guilty plea, she will pay a fine and be placed on six years of probation.
Judge Scott McAfee has ordered Powell to testify truthfully about any co-defendants involved in the case and has also mandated that she write an apology letter to the citizens of Georgia. Powell must cooperate with future trials as well.
Powell was a prominent ally of Donald Trump following the 2020 election and frequently appeared alongside Rudy Giuliani to propagate baseless conspiracy theories. One such theory was that the U.S. voting systems were linked to Hugo Chavez, the deceased Venezuelan autocrat, and were capable of manipulating votes.
Powell is one of 18 individuals charged in the Georgia election interference case. The list includes Mark Meadows, Trump’s former White House chief of staff, and several attorneys such as Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman. According to prosecutors, Powell was in direct contact with individuals who breached election equipment in Coffee County, Georgia. They claim that she attempted to access voting data to support the unfounded claim that Trump had won the election. On January 7, 2021, a day after the violent Capitol riot, a computer forensics team allegedly copied data and software from elections equipment in Coffee County.
Powell faced multiple charges including violating the Georgia RICO Act, conspiracy to commit election fraud, and conspiracy to defraud the state. Ultimately, she pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor charges.
Meanwhile, former President Trump is now facing a total of 91 criminal counts across four separate cases, some of which carry recommended prison sentences. Violating the Georgia RICO Act, in particular, is considered a serious felony and carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years if convicted.
As the legal proceedings continue, the guilty plea from Sidney Powell marks another chapter in the ongoing fallout from the 2020 election. The case serves as a reminder of the serious consequences that can result from spreading false information and attempting to interfere with the democratic process.