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by The Oregon Herald Staff
 Published on Saturday November 21, 2020 - 11:46 PM
OPINION - Most Hated Woman In United States
* Former President Donald Trump's Lawyer *

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After suddenly joining Donald Trump's legal team to challenge President-elect Joe Biden's victory over Trump, Sidney Powell apparently became hated by nearly 90 million Americans.

Like a caged rat, after Sidney Powell says she could not provide evidence of voter fraud to Fox News as Tucker Carlson on Fox News had declared, she attempted to discredit Carlson. But it did not work.

As the key member of President Trump's legal team told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo early Friday that she offered access to a witness and an affidavit to the "Tucker Carlson Tonight" host related to her team's legal fight.

Powell's claim came about a day after a segment of Carlson's show set conservative social media circles on fire. Trump's supporters loved Carlson but suddenly they did not. So much for truth.

Some experts could question Powell's mental status or her motives as corrupt, nasty, and dangerous to The United States of America, and others say she is the ugliest lawyer in Washington. Maybe the second.

Sidney Katherine Powell is an American attorney and former prosecutor.

Powell is now the laughing stock of most of the world after she conjured a theory that voting tabulating software had been programmed to discount Trump votes in favor of Biden. It would seem obvious that Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and Sidney Powell cooked up the ludicrous plot together in the white house toilet one late night to sell to the press.

But even hard conservative Tucker Carlson could not believe what Power stated in a news conference. The plot was so juvenile, so incredible that if true would certainly equate to the most horrendous crime in American history. Yet Powell stated it with her usual most unattractive face to the entire world, forever ruining her reputation.

However, the problem is that backwoods, uneducated white folk fools will believe such a totally unsubstantiated story, will believe anything Trump says and will never disfavor him, even if he shot a small 4-year-old blond girl in public in the middle of the street. They follow him like lost sheep searching for some hero to suck, like a baby bottle, and with a total inability to think for themselves.

That is the problem. The people – and the silent republicans who are also allowing our country to be laughed at and destroyed by a petty would-be dictator who can't accept that he lost, that he is a loser.

And now so is Sidney Powell. Her reputation will forever be destroyed and good people will avoid her like misplaced fecal matter on the back of the bathroom toilet.

But Tucker Carlson is nearly as bad, perhaps even worse because he appears to the untrained eye and ear as believable and with juvenile logic some folk eat but close examination from most educated citizens can see his logic flaws - and Carlson ends up behind the toilet alongside Powell.

After graduating from law school in 1978, Powell began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Western District of Texas, among other jurisdictions. She left the prosecutorial world in 1988, and established her own law firm in 1993. In private practice, she has represented various clients, especially in appellate matters. Notable cases Powell has litigated include the prosecution of Jimmy Chagra in 1979, representing executives convicted in the Enron scandal, and representing General Michael Flynn in 2019. Various sources have described Powell as a conspiracy theorist because she has made claims of a 'deep state' plot to frame Flynn, as well as a scheme involving a secret cabal of international Communists, Venezuelans, Cubans, Chinese, George Soros, the Clinton Foundation, 'globalists', and others to manipulate the counting of ballots in the 2020 presidential election, which she claims Trump won 'by a landslide'. Powell has also falsely asserted that more votes were cast in Michigan during the election than the state's population, a conclusion she drew from a mistaken comparison of the Michigan vote total with Minnesota population data.

Early life Sidney Katherine Powell was born into a working-class family in Durham, North Carolina, grew up in the city of Raleigh. and knew from an early age that she wanted to be a lawyer. She graduated from Needham Broughton High School and went on to attend the University of North Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, funding her education with student loans. At the age of 19, she was accepted into the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she graduated in 1978 with a Juris Doctor degree. She began her legal career as the youngest United States Attorney in the US.

Legal career From 1978 through 1988, Powell served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western and Northern Districts of Texas and the Eastern District of Virginia, where she handled civil and criminal trial work. She was appointed Appellate Section Chief for the Western and then the Northern District of Texas.

In 1993, Powell established her own law firm in Dallas, Texas, aimed mostly at federal appellate practice, including in the United States Supreme Court. Her firm has also handled a number of high-profile class action suits. She has served as lead counsel in more than 500 appeals in the Fifth Circuit courts, resulting in more than 18 published opinions and a reversals rate of approximately 70%.

Powell also writes and teaches in the area of federal appellate law practice, including work for the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute of the United States Department of Justice. She is a member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, where she served as president from 2001 to 2002.

Notable cases Assassination of Judge John H. Wood In 1979 Powell was one of the prosecutors in the trial of Jimmy Chagra, where he was convicted of continuing criminal violations. Chagra was an American drug trafficker implicated in the May 1979 assassination of United States District Judge John H. Wood Jr. in San Antonio, Texas. In the 1970s Chagra was one of the biggest drug traffickers operating out of Las Vegas and El Paso, and according to one observer, he was 'the undisputed marijuana kingpin of the Western world.' Carl Pierce, a co-worker who headed up the drug trafficking unit, described it as a period where drug traffickers were 'trying to kill our witnesses, assassinate our prosecutors." According to Pierce, there were times when the government attorneys had to wear bulletproof vests and be escorted by federal marshals. Chagra was released from prison for health reasons in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 9, 2003, and reportedly placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program. He died of cancer on July 25, 2008.

Enron scandal Powell spent nearly a decade in the 2000s representing firms and executives involved in the Enron scandal, including the accounting firm Arthur Andersen and former Merrill Lynch executive Jim Brown. Enron's financial misconduct was exposed in October 2001, leading to the bankruptcy of Enron and the de facto dissolution of Arthur Andersen, one of the five largest audit and accountancy partnerships in the world, because of audit failures. Chief executives of Enron were indicted for a variety of charges and some were later convicted and sentenced to prison. Arthur Andersen was found guilty of illegally destroying relevant documents, which voided its license to audit public companies and effectively closed the firm. The ruling was overturned at the U.S. Supreme Court, but Arthur Andersen had already ceased operating. As a result of the scandal, new regulations and legislation were enacted to expand the accuracy of financial reporting for public companies. Some of the convictions were overturned on appeal due to legal reasons including prosecutorial misconduct. After this experience, Powell went on to write extensively about prosecutorial abuses.

In 2019, Powell publicly called on General Michael Flynn to withdraw his guilty pleas for making false statements to the FBI, and in June 2019 Flynn released his law firm of Covington & Burling and retained Powell to serve as his lead attorney. Powell's appearances on Fox News to discuss the Flynn case were noticed by President Trump, and the two spoke on several occasions. On the same day it was disclosed Flynn had fired his attorneys, Powell sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr requesting the 'utmost confidentiality and argued that Flynn's prosecution was due to 'corruption of our beloved government institutions for what appears to be political purposes.' Among other things, she requested that Barr appoint an outsider to investigate. Six months later, Barr appointed Jeffrey Jensen to conduct such an investigation.

In May 2020, the Justice Department filed a motion with presiding federal judge Emmett Sullivan to drop Flynn's prosecution. Sullivan did not immediately grant the motion, and Powell later requested a writ of mandamus from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals to compel Sullivan to drop the case. After an initial ruling in favor of Powell by a three-judge panel of the Court, the case was appealed to the full Court, which denied the mandamus request in an 8–2 ruling, returning the case to Sullivan's court. Powell had argued to the full Court that Sullivan's role was 'ministerial,' giving him no discretion but to comply with the Justice Department motion, to which judge Thomas Griffith replied, 'It's not ministerial and you know it's not. So it's not ministerial, so that means that the judge has to do some thinking about it, right?' Other judges on the Court also pushed back on Powell's characterization of a federal judge's role. Soon after taking the Flynn case, Powell had accused the Justice Department of prosecutorial misconduct against Flynn; in a footnote to a June 2020 court brief, the department described Powell's allegations as 'unfounded and provide no basis for impugning the prosecutors from the D.C. United States Attorney's Office.'

Powell has been described as a proponent of conspiracy theories about Flynn, namely that he had been framed by members of the 'deep state' who were trying to eject President Donald Trump from office.

In November 2020 Powell joined President Donald Trump's legal team challenging the legality of the November presidential election results. During the days after the election, the Trump campaign filed numerous lawsuits in several states over alleged vote harvesting, illegal votes, machine errors, vote dumps and late-counted votes.

Days before the 2020 presidential election, Dennis Montgomery, a software designer with a history of making dubious claims, asserted that a government supercomputer program would be used to switch votes from Trump to Biden on voting machines. Powell promoted the false theory on Lou Dobbs's Fox Business program two days after the election, and again two days later on Maria Bartiromo's program, claiming to have 'evidence that that is exactly what happened.' During a subsequent appearance on Bartiromo's program, Powell baselessly alleged that voting machines made by Dominion Voting Systems were 'designed to rig elections,' that family members of government officials were paid kickbacks in those states purchasing Dominion products, and linked the situation to the CIA, stating that director Gina Haspel 'should be fired immediately.' Christopher Krebs, a former Microsoft executive and director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency , characterized the supercomputer claim as 'nonsense' and a 'hoax.' Asserting that Krebs's analysis was 'highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud,' Trump fired him by tweet days later.

Powell alleged, without evidence, during a November 19 press conference that a communist plot had been engineered by Venezuela, Cuba, China, Hugo Chavez, George Soros and the Clinton Foundation to rig the election. She also alleged that Dominion 'can set and run an algorithm that probably ran all over the country to take a certain percentage of votes from President Trump and flip them to President Biden.' She also repeated an allegation made by OANN, Congressman Louis Gohmert, and others that accurate voting results had been transmitted to the German office of the Spanish firm Scytl, where they were tabulated to reveal a landslide victory for Trump, and that a company server had been seized in a raid by the United States military. Scytl has not had any offices operating in Germany since September 2019. Powell suggested that candidates 'paid to have the system rigged to work for them.' CISA described the 2020 election as 'the most secure in American history,' with 'no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised.'

Powell said she had based her allegations of voter fraud in part on a comparison of votes cast and total voters registered in Michigan, from which she concluded that more people had voted than were registered to vote in Michigan. However, Powell's conclusion was erroneous, because she had mistakenly compared the Michigan vote tallies with population data from Minnesota .

On the basis of these claims, Powell called for Republican-controlled state legislatures in swing states to disregard the election results and appoint a slate of loyal electors who would vote to re-elect President Trump, based on authority putatively resting in Article Two of the Constitution.

Some sources including Politico and The New York Times have described Powell's unsubstantiated claims about election interference as promulgation of conspiracy theories.

Powell has written opinion pieces for The New York Observer, The Daily Caller, The Hill, Fox News, and other news outlets. She has published two books:

Powell, Sidney K. . Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice. Brown Books. ISBN 978-1-61254-149-5. OCLC 870288205. Powell, Sidney K.; Silverglate, Harvey A. . Conviction Machine: Standing Up to Federal Prosecutorial Abuse. Encounter Books. ISBN 978-1-59403-803-7. OCLC 1104857327. In addition, Powell has published several journal articles on law practice. Examples include:

Powell, Sidney . 'Federal Jurisdiction in Criminal Appeals—Appealable Orders in the Fifth Circuit'. Texas Tech Law Review. 19 : 1003–1028. Powell, Sidney . 'Federal Appeals in the Fifth Circuit: Tips for the Texas Practitioner'. Baylor Law Review. 42 : 97–140. Gabriel, Henry D; Powell, Sidney . Federal Appellate Practice Guide: Fifth Circuit. Rochester, New York: Lawyers Cooperative Publishing. OCLC 30772185. Film and media career Powell has made numerous media appearances both as a political and legal commentator and as a published writer on the subject of law. She has appeared on television shows including Lou Dobbs Tonight, Hannity, Shannon Bream's show, Newsmax TV, and One America News, as well as on various radio shows.

Powell served as producer on the drama Decoding Annie Parker , providing guidance to help bring the film to a commercial release. The film tells the story of Annie Parker and the discovery of the BRCA1 breast cancer gene. The film went on to raise millions of dollars for cancer charities.

Powell also appeared in the cast of The Plot Against the President , a documentary film directed by Amanda Milius and based on the book of the same title by journalist Lee Smith. The film examines circumstances leading up to the 2016 United States Presidential election, the subsequent transition of power, and events that transpired after President Donald Trump's inauguration in January 2017.

Personal life Powell has a son from a former marriage. She has participated in volunteer work for women's shelters and other charities.

Powell has been described by some sources as a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory, a far-right conspiracy theory which alleges that a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring and plotting against President Donald Trump, who is fighting the cabal. However, Powell has denied knowledge of QAnon.


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