Former US Attorney Sidney Powell Pleads Guilty In Election Subversion Case

The former United States’ attorney, Sidney Powell, has pleaded guilty in the Georgia election subversion case.

Powell pleaded guilty on October 19, 2023, a few hours before her trial which was set to start on the next day.

According to CNN, Powell admitted her role in the January 2021 breach of election systems in rural Coffee County, Georgia.

With the help of local GOP officials, a group of Trump supporters accessed and copied information from the county’s election systems in hopes of somehow proving that the election was rigged against Trump.

Fulton County prosecutors are recommending a sentence of six years probation, while Powell will also be required to testify at future trials, write an apology letter to the citizens of Georgia, pay nearly $9,000 in restitution and fines and turn over documents.

Meanwhile, her former boss and a co-defendant in the Fulton County case, Donald Trump does not appear in Powell’s plea documents and was not mentioned at the brief plea hearing on Thursday.

It was, however, reported that after the 2020 election, Powell had peddled conspiracy theories about purported fraud and false claims about millions of votes being flipped in a global scheme against Trump that involved Venezuela and other foreign powers.

Powell has become the second person in the sprawling racketeering case to plead guilty, after bail bondsman, Scott Hall pleaded guilty in September and agreed to testify at future trials.

The other 17 defendants, including Trump, have pleaded not guilty.

The new court ruling showed that Powell admitted taking actions after the 2020 election “for the purpose of willfully tampering with electronic ballot markers and tabulating machines” and “with the intention of taking and appropriating information, data, and software, the property of Dominion Voting Systems Corporation.”

It was gathered that Powell also admitted to hiring a data forensics firm and sending its employees to Coffee County so they could illegally access government computers with the purpose of “examining personal voter data, with knowledge that such examination was without authority.”

Though, her attorneys had vehemently rejected prosecutors’ claims that she orchestrated the Coffee County breach, and had said at pretrial hearings that prosecutors are “incorrect” and that “the evidence will show that she was not the driving force behind” the incident.

“This is a really big breakthrough for the prosecutors,” CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig said on “News Central.”

“And it’s so important to understand there is no such thing as halfway cooperation. If you’re a prosecutor, you would not enter into this deal with Sidney Powell unless you had been thoroughly convinced that A, she is telling the truth, B. she is going to be able to testify for you credibly in the way that you can put in front of a jury, and justify and see she is not going to be splitting hairs,” added Honig, a former federal prosecutor.

Only one other Georgia defendant is mentioned by name in Thursday’s plea documents – Misty Hampton, who was the Coffee County elections supervisor during the 2020 election cycle.

Powell admitted to entering into a criminal conspiracy with Hampton and would be required to testify against her if she goes to trial. Hampton has pleaded not guilty to seven felonies.

It also reported that beyond the Georgia case, Powell is still facing legal battle as she is an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal election subversion case that special counsel, Jack Smith, filed against Trump.

That investigation has still been ongoing in recent months, and has been continuing to scrutinize Powell, CNN previously reported. She has not been charged in that case.

Also, Powell is facing massive defamation lawsuits from two voting technology companies, who sued her for falsely accusing them of rigging the 2020 election against Trump.

The companies, Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic, filed the lawsuits in 2021, and the cases are still in the pre-trial discovery phase.

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