- Even Donald Trump thought Sidney Powell sounded “crazy,” according to a January 6 Capitol Riot report.
- Hope Hicks, Trump’s former White House communications director, said she muted Powell during an interview.
- While he was quiet, Trump mocked Powell and said, “This sounds crazy, doesn’t it?”
Even former President Donald Trump thought the allegations of voter fraud by Sidney Powell, a lawyer trying to disrupt the 2020 election on his behalf, were “frantic”.
That was according to the executive summary of the investigation into the Capitol riot, released Thursday by the January 6 panel. In the report, the committee detailed how Trump received a phone call from Powell, a far-right lawyer, on November 20, 2020.
The January 6 panel released the testimony of Hope Hicks, Trump’s former White House communications director. Hicks told the panel that Trump muted while Powell was speaking. He laughed at Powell while he was quiet and said to the others in the room: “This sounds crazy, doesn’t it?”
The day before his meeting with Trump, Powell took the stage with allegations of crazy conspiracy theories at a press conference with Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
According to the committee’s report, Powell repeated allegations to Trump that he ran away during that press conference. This included the unsubstantiated claim that “communist money has had a major influence in interfering with our elections in the United States, through Venezuela, Cuba and possibly China.” Additionally, Powell thought that voting technology company Dominion Voting Systems (dead since 2013) was collaborating with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez and that it had something to do with the election.
Two days later, on November 22, 2020, Trump’s team purged Powell from their ranks.
“Sidney Powell practices law on his own. He is not a member of the Trump Legal Team. Nor is he personally the President’s attorney.” Wrote Trump’s lawyers, Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, on Nov.
As for Powell’s fate, in October 2021 the Daily Beast reported that Powell is now on Trump’s “don’ts” list. The Daily Beast spoke to sources who said that Powell has been placed on a list to stay away from Trump and that the former president will not answer his calls.
Meanwhile, Dominion Voting Systems is suing Powell, Giuliani, and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for defamation, alleging that the trio brought forward a series of unsubstantiated voter fraud allegations that harmed their business. Dominion Voting Systems said in January that it was unlikely to resolve billion-dollar lawsuits given the “devastating damage” the three had done to the company.
Powell’s representatives and a spokesperson for Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.