Sidney Powell was at the White House Sunday to push for an executive order that would allow voting machines to be seized
During a meeting on Friday, Trump discussed naming Powell as a special lawyer for investigating election fraud. Tom Williams / CQ Appeal, Inc via Getty Images
Attorney Sidney Powell was discovered by reporters leaving the White House on Sunday.
Powell was there to stand up for an executive order that would allow voting machines to be confiscated and investigated, the Times said.
It's not clear whether President Donald Trump supports the idea. During a meeting on Friday, he reportedly discussed the appointment of Powell as special adviser to investigate electoral fraud.
Powell has been promoting unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about the elections for months, with judges rejecting their legal challenges in key battlefield states.
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Attorney Sidney Powell was seen leaving the White House on Sunday to lobby for an executive order that would allow voting machines to be collected and examined, the New York Times' Maggie Haberman reported.
CNN White House correspondent Jeremy Diamond said he saw Powell leave the White House residence despite telling him she had not met with President Donald Trump.
It's not clear if the president is interested in Powell's executive order pitch, but Haberman said the president's staff told him it wasn't a legally valid option.
The White House did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
The Times had previously reported that the idea of collecting voting machines was circulated during a tense White House meeting on Friday that was also attended by Powell and clashed with Trump's advisors.
During that meeting, Trump reportedly discussed naming Powell as a special adviser to investigate electoral fraud, although most of his advisors did not support the idea.
The proposal was a reverse from last month when Trump campaign attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis distanced themselves from Powell, saying she was practicing "solitary law" and was not part of the campaign team.
Powell has promoted electoral conspiracy theories for months. One of their central claims is that software used in some state elections was tampered with to "tip" the votes for Trump to President-elect Joe Biden. There's no evidence of this, and Dominion Voting Systems, the company behind the software, threatens to sue it for defamation if it doesn't back up its allegations.
Powell made this claim about the electoral software in election lawsuits it filed in the major swing states that Biden won in an attempt to override the results in those states.
Her lawsuits, which she termed releasing the "Kraken", have been dismissed in Arizona, Wisconsin, Georgia and Michigan. A judge said the allegations were "sorely lacking relevant or reliable evidence".
A small but growing number of Republicans have recognized Trump lost the election, some only after the vote in the electoral college formalized Biden's victory last week.
However, the president has refused to admit and continues to make unsubstantiated claims of widespread electoral fraud. Trump's campaign and his allies have suffered a number of legal defeats to undermine the election, including a Supreme Court decision to reject an offer from Texas to reverse the results.
The latest election campaign lawsuit, filed on Sunday, calls on the US Supreme Court to cast more than 110,000 postal ballot papers submitted in accordance with legal requirements.
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