US President Donald Trump’s election campaign on Sunday distanced himself from Sidney Powell, a lawyer who claimed at a press conference last week that electronic voting systems had transferred millions of ballots to President-elect Joe Biden.
“Sidney Powell practices law on his own,” Trump campaign lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis said in a statement. “She’s not a member of Trump’s legal team.”
The announcement came a day after a judge dismissed the campaign lawsuit to prevent Pennsylvania officials from certifying Biden’s victory in the state, dealing a blow to Trump’s frantic efforts to overturn his electoral defeat on November 3.
Powell, a Conservative activist and former federal prosecutor, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump, a Republican, expressed concern after the press conference that Powell’s claims were too far-fetched and would distract from other legal arguments, a person familiar with the discussions said.
The president had referred to Powell as one of his attorneys in a November 14 tweet.
“Rudy Giuliani, Joseph diGenova, Victoria Toensing, Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis, a really great team, have added to our other wonderful lawyers and representatives,” Trump said in the tweet.
Tucker Carlson, an influential Fox News host, criticized Powell on Thursday for the lack of evidence to support his claims.
“She never demonstrated that a single actual vote was illegally moved by software from one candidate to another. Not one, ”Carlson said.
US Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa who was re-elected in this month’s vote, told a Fox News radio show Thursday that Powell’s claims were “offensive.”
Powell is currently representing Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn in his efforts to end a lengthy criminal case against him.
Democrats and some Republicans have accused Trump of trying to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system and delegitimize Biden’s victory by promoting false claims of widespread voter fraud.
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