Conservative attorney Sidney Powell, once at the side of President Donald Trump following the 2020 elections and later kept at arm’s length, has reached a plea agreement with Georgia prosecutors one day before her trial on election interference was set to begin.
CNN reports that Powell changed her plea from not guilty after prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of six years’ probation and asked that she write an apology letter to the voters of Georgia. In turn, Powell will reportedly admit to helping a group of Trump supporters copy data from state voting machines in an attempt to show that the election outcome for President Joe Biden was manipulated. She must also testify against President Trump and her fellow defendants should they go to trial.
The case is being tried in Fulton County where Democratic prosecutor Fani Willis has charged Trump, Powell, and 17 other defendants with orchestrating an attempt to subvert Georgia’s 2020 election results. Powell now joins bail bondsman Scott Hall as the second defendant pleading guilty in exchange for testifying against their former colleagues.
President Trump has maintained his innocence and respectfully appeared for his arraignment at the Fulton County courthouse, a spectacle that drew throngs of diverse supporters along his motorcade route. The 45th president’s attorneys have lashed out at Willis for using the trials to boost her own national profile while Republicans in Congress and the state legislature have proposed launching inquiries to slow down her investigation.
In September Willis suffered a major blow to her case when a judge denied prosecutors the opportunity to try all defendants at once and questioned their ability to handle the caseload.
“It just seems a bit unrealistic to think that we can handle all 19 in 40-something days,” Judge Scott McAfee said at the time.
President Trump is not resting assured of a victory, however. He has held fundraisers in support of his co-defendants, some of whom were detained in deplorable jail conditions after failing to make bail. Some of those facing upcoming trials include Trump’s former attorney Rudy Giuliani as well as former attorney Kenneth Chesebro, whose trial begins Friday.