Reports: Trump considered appointing Sidney Powell as election special counsel

Prominent Texas defense attorney Sidney Powell, who led the charge to expose allegations of voter fraud in several key battleground states after the 2020 election, has so far failed to notch any victories, leaving many of President Donald Trump’s supporters discouraged.

However, according to the Washington Times, Powell may not be done with this situation just quite yet, as it was reported that she recently met with the president to talk about potentially appointing her as a special counsel in charge of a federal investigation to dig into the election fraud allegations. 

The news comes on the heels of Powell losing both of her “Kraken” lawsuits, which were filed in Georgia and Michigan several weeks ago only to be almost instantly rejected by federal judges in both states.

What went down?

The meeting, which sparked a new round of optimistic thinking among Trump supporters on social media, took place at the White House on Friday with a number of other participants, including Michael Flynn and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The New York Times reported that two people familiar with the meeting said that it was mentioned that Powell should be appointed as a “special counsel on election fraud.” The special counsel designation would provide Powell, or whoever is selected, extra protection against President-elect Biden’s incoming administration.

According to a report from Politico, Trump and his team are also making a push to seize a number of Dominion voting machines, which Powell alleges were rigged with special algorithms that purposely changed votes from Trump to Biden during the November 3 election.

Giuliani reportedly urged Department of Homeland Security official Ken Cuccinelli to use his powers to seize the voting machines. He apparently turned down those requests, citing a lack of authority to make such a dramatic move.

The Friday meeting at the White House with Powell, Trump, and others in the room was reported as becoming “raucous,” with a number of high-level advisers and allies debating on the best way to move forward.

The pushback

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows both pushed back on any inkling of Powell becoming a special counsel for such an investigation, in what was reported as a “heated exchange.” Several people in the room were reportedly “yelling and screaming” over whose ideas were the best.

Moving forward, if the president and his people decide that Powell will be a special counsel, it would require the blessing of the U.S. Attorney General, which as of Wednesday, will be acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, as AG William Barr is set to resign on Wednesday.

Without the AG’s approval of a special counsel, Trump could still make the appointment himself, but that person would lack certain tools that are afforded to such positions, such as the ability to compel testimonies through grand juries and other powerful tools of persuasion.

If Powell does become the special counsel in a federal investigation into the allegations of election fraud, hopefully, she’ll have more success than she has had in several attempts to convince a judge that substantial wrongdoing took place in the 2020 election.

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