Rudy Giuliani tries to distance Trump from Sidney Powell's conspiracy theories, despite reports that she has been in multiple recent White House meetings

  • Rudy Giuliani on Monday sought to distance himself and President Trump from Sidney Powell, a lawyer who has been spouting conspiracy theories related to the 2020 election..
  • Powell has been spotted at the White House several times in the past week, where she has pitched Trump baseless allegations about election fraud.
  • "Let me say definitively that Sidney Powell is not part of our legal team, she hasn't been for five weeks," Giuliani told Newsmax. "She speaks for herself."
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Sidney Powell's conspiracy theories about the 2020 election — that US intelligence agencies collaborated with Venezuela and maybe China to rig voting machines for President-elect Joe Biden — are too extreme for even Rudy Giuliani, with the president's personal attorney once again seeking to distance his client from a lawyer who has been spotted at the White House multiple times over the past week.

"Let me say definitively that Sidney Powell is not part of our legal team, she hasn't been for five weeks," Giuliani said in an appearance on the right-wing cable channel Newsmax. "She is not a special counsel for the president, she does not speak for the president, nor does she speak for the administration. She speaks for herself."

Last month, Giuliani himself appeared alongside Powell at a news conference where she spouted unfounded theories about election fraud — claims that have been rejected by every court that has heard them. Days later, Trump's legal team cut ties with Powell, saying she "is practicing law on her own."

Despite this, President Trump himself has been meeting with her. On Sunday, reporters spotted her leaving the White House after pitching an executive order that would ostensibly allow the president to seize and examine voting machines. Today, outgoing Attorney General Bill Barr rejected any basis to seize voting machines or name a special counsel to look into voter fraud, dismissing any "systemic or broad-based" election fraud.

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