Trump personally blocked conspiracy-theorist lawyer Sidney Powell from becoming a White House special counsel, report says
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President Donald Trump has told Sidney Powell that he will not make her a special adviser to the White House on investigating electoral fraud in the 2020 election, The Daily Beast reported.
At a meeting last Friday, Trump reportedly put the idea of appointing Powell into practice and top advisors, including his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, had spoken out strongly against it.
Powell, a lawyer and conspiracy theorist, had been seen at the White House for the past fourteen days and had drawn up Trump's legal strategies.
Giuliani confirmed the president's decision to oust Powell on Tuesday, telling The Daily Beast, "She is alone."
The Trump campaign distanced itself from Powell in November. The New York Times reported at the time that she was "too conspiratorial even for him [Trump]".
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President Donald Trump personally prevented conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell's attorney from becoming a special adviser to the White House, The Daily Beast reported Tuesday.
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At a meeting in the Oval Office on Friday, according to the New York Times, Trump had voiced the idea of naming Powell as a special lawyer to investigate election fraud.
However, the idea didn't go well with Pat Cipollone, White House attorney, and Rudy Giuliani, Trump's longtime personal attorney.
Powell was also present at the "noisy" meeting, The Times said, and was accompanied by Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
In opposition to her appointment, Powell reportedly called Trump's aide "slackers".
However, Trump told Powell on Monday that he would not give her any special advice, The Daily Beast reported.
It is not clear how the decision was made. Insider has approached the White House and Powell for comment.
President Donald Trump looks on during a ceremony to present wrestler Dan Gable with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC on December 7, 2020.
Giuliani confirmed the decision on Tuesday, telling The Daily Beast, "She is alone."
On Tuesday, Powell told Fox News that she had been banned from interacting with Trump, according to Forbes.
Powell is best known for her wild conspiracy theories about how the Trump election was stolen - ideas that helped the Trump campaign legal team distance themselves from her in November.
As Insider's Josh Barro reported, Powell has claimed the elections were stolen from Trump by factions from George Soros and the Clinton Foundation, including former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (who died in 2013), the country of Serbia and "likely China". ""
She has also groundlessly accused Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems, two companies that make voting machines and software, of transferring Trump's votes to President-elect Joe Biden.
She also quoted Ron Watkins, a prominent figure in the QAnon conspiracy theory movement, in an affidavit earlier this month.
Powell previously served as an attorney for the Trump campaign but was fired in mid-November. Sources told the New York Times that Powell was "too conspiratorial even for him [Trump]".
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks during a press conference on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington.
Since Biden won the election, Trump and his allies have alleged without evidence that the election was fraudulent. None of the legal challenges posed by the Trump campaign to beat the 2020 presidential election result have been successful.
White House observers reported that Powell had been seen on the premises several times in the past fourteen days.
Journalists who were at the White House on Sunday saw Powell exit the building. The New York Times reported that it had placed an executive order on Trump that would supposedly allow him to seize voting machines.
On Tuesday, Powell retweeted a post saying that if she were appointed as special adviser to the White House, she would charge a lot of people with election fraud within a few weeks.
Despite Giuliani's opposition, Trump got carried away by Powell and her ideas, The Times and The Daily Beast reported.
Even before she was denied the post by Trump on Monday, Giuliani had publicly tried several times to distance the president from Powell and her views.
"Let me definitely say that Sidney Powell is not part of our legal team, she has not been in five weeks," Giuliani told the right cable channel Newsmax on Monday.
"She's not a special lawyer for the president, she speaks neither for the president nor for the administration. She speaks for herself."
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