As the deranged attorney who once had Donald Trump’s ear and led the litigation front of his 2020 coup attempt, Sidney Powell is sitting on a mountain of secrets. Now that she’s flipped, she might be the most dangerous witness yet against the former president.
On Thursday, just one day before the start of her Atlanta trial, Powell surprised the nation with a guilty plea. She cut a sweetheart deal, avoiding years behind bars for her role in a scheme to defraud the election and coordinate a covert GOP mission to access election computers in a rural Georgia county.
However, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is getting plenty in return. Powell has agreed to give investigators any information they want about her private meetings with the former president, including documents in her possession that would detail his plan to stay in power after losing to his rival, President Joe Biden.
“One thing to note is just how favorable this plea deal is for her. She’s been permitted to plead guilty to misdemeanors… to get this good of a deal, she really has to know something,” said Amy Lee Copeland, a former federal prosecutor in Savannah, Georgia.
Copeland pointed to the tell-all session that Powell apparently had with prosecutors late Wednesday—one that attorneys revealed in court when they announced this new agreement.
“I suspect that proffer pretty much directly led to this plea deal,” Copeland said. “The fact that she was in a meeting at the White House, she can testify to what Trump said at that meeting. And we don’t have a whole lot of people who’ve been willing to do that. That’s going to be pretty powerful for the DA.” [Continue reading…]