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Trump campaign purges conspiracy-theorist Sidney Powell from legal team

Summary List PlacementJust last week, President Trump's personal lawyer stood beside another attorney, Sidney Powell, as she baselessly alleged a far-reaching, international conspiracy to steal the 2020 election, one involving hacked voting machines and Venezuelan communists. That dubious claim was then promoted on social media by the Republican Party. "We...

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Just last week, President Trump’s personal lawyer stood beside another attorney, Sidney Powell, as she baselessly alleged a far-reaching, international conspiracy to steal the 2020 election, one involving hacked voting machines and Venezuelan communists.

That dubious claim was then promoted on social media by the Republican Party.

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By Sunday, however, the president’s campaign team was backing away and claiming it had nothing to do with her.

“Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own,” read a statement attributed to Jenna Ellis, a legal advisor to President Trump, and Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney who cosigned Powell’s allegations at last Thursday‘s fact-challenged press conference.

“She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team,” the statement continued. “She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity.”

It is not clear what led to the weekend purge, which comes on the heels of a federal judge throwing out the president’s latest challenge to the results in Pennsylvania.

In an ambiguous statement to CBS News, Powell said “I understand today’s press release” but that she would continue to represent “#WeThePeople.”

“The chips will fall where they may,” she said, “and we will defend the foundations of this great republic.”

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

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