Sidney Powell's Key Election Witness Is A Pro-Trump Podcaster Once Sued For Fraud: Report
A secret witness promised by attorney Sidney Powell who would expose presidential election fraud turns out to be a pro-Donald Trump podcaster once charged with fraud, the Washington Post reported.
The QAnon-backing attorney has filed a series of failed, typo-riddled lawsuits challenging the results of the presidential election. Powell has alleged in court documents that her witness, a former "intelligence entrepreneur", knew of a foreign conspiracy to attack the election. Powell said her informant's identity could not be revealed in order to protect her life.
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But North Dakota podcaster Terpsichore Maras-Lindeman, who confirmed to the Post that she is the informant, served in the Navy for less than a year in the 1990s, the Post reported Thursday, and there is no evidence that she is worked in the secret service or as a secret service entrepreneur.
Her affidavit filed in Powell's lawsuit is a slight rewording of one of her blog posts, written more than a year prior to the election, according to the Post.
In a 2018 civil fraud case against Maras-Lindeman by the North Dakota Attorney General, she was accused of falsely claiming to be a doctor, a recipient of Purple Heart, and a veteran of Navy Intelligence, using multiple aliases and social security numbers used and exaggerated their résumés in a "persistent" effort to "deceive others," the Post reported. A judge ordered Maras-Lindeman earlier this year to pay fines and attorney's fees of $ 25,000 after spending donations on veteran's wreaths and homeless shelters on himself. She denied the allegations and appealed the decision to the Supreme Court.
The news of Powell's witnesses comes amid reports that Trump is considering appointing the attorney as a special adviser to investigate election fraud. Trump launched the idea last Friday in a heated meeting with top aides who blew the idea up, according to media reports confirmed by Powell.
The lawyer complained Thursday that aides are now banning her from communicating with the president.
"I've been prevented from speaking or communicating with the president since I left the Oval Office on Friday night, apparently by everyone around him," Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said in an interview with Zenger News. She has not spoken to the president since then, Powell said.
She claimed Trump offered her special legal counsel on Friday, but she was unable to produce the documents to make them official. The job so far has "failed because it was apparently blocked or rolled back after Friday night, or I'm not sure what you would call it," Powell said.
She said she was not a "Robert Mueller style special adviser" but "there has been some discussion about my being a special adviser to the White House."
Trump has apparently not dismissed the idea, according to his tweet on Wednesday, that he disagrees with "someone who does not need a strong, quick and fair special counsel for IMMEDIATELY" to investigate the election results.
Trump's campaign last month distanced itself from Powell after passionately advocating a bizarre conspiracy theory that Americans associated with Venezuela, China, Serbia, Canada, Venezuela, Cuba, the CIA, billionaire philanthropist George Soros, and the Clinton Foundation (among others) work together, had planned the presidential elections against Trump by manipulating voting machines.
But Trump stayed in touch with her and invited her to the Friday meeting when he talked about naming her as a special adviser.
Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, recently pardoned by the president after confessing to crime, accompanied Powell to the meeting and called on the president to declare martial law and remain as president to re-run the election, the AP reported . Flynn has denied calling for martial law at the meeting, but he publicly called for the action in a recent interview.
Powell has touted another secret electoral fraud witness as a military intelligence expert identified in court records as "Spyder". The Post reported earlier this month that the witness is a technical advisor who never worked in military intelligence, but primarily as an army mechanic.
Trump has refused to allow the president to run and repeatedly insists without evidence that the vote has been rigged.
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