Sidney Powell Takes Plea Deal in Exchange for Testimony in Fulton County's Prosecution of Donald Trump

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In a dramatic turn, Sidney Powell, a former attorney for former President Donald Trump, has accepted a plea deal in which she is pleading guilty to six misdemeanor counts related to the breach of election systems in Coffee County, Georgia, to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. The lawyer had initially denied being involved in the scheme.

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Now, it appears Powell has had a change of heart, which could significantly impact the case against Trump.

Attorney Sidney Powell has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in the Fulton County election probe.

Powell was charged with racketeering and other counts for her role in a Coffee County election system data breach. Under a deal announced Thursday in Fulton County Superior Court, she will receive six years probation and pay a $6,000 fine. She also agreed to pay $2,700 in restitution to the state and to testify truthfully in the case. And Powell wrote a letter of apology to the citizens of Georgia.

It’s a significant development in a case that also has seen charges against former President Donald Trump and 17 other defendants.

Powell is the second co-defendant to plead guilty in this case, the first being bail bondsman Scott Hall, who gave his plea late last month. Both of these individuals have agreed to testify at future trial, which could make things tricky for Trump and his defense attorneys.

It is not clear whether Powell’s deal included giving testimony against the former president specifically. But it is not beyond the stretch of imagination to surmise that the prosecution wishes to use her to bolster its case against Trump. Additionally, special prosecutor Nathan Wade previously hinted at possible plea deals for other co-defendants, particularly attorney Kenneth Chesebro.

Powell’s attorneys insisted that she was not the “driving force” behind the plot to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election. Yet, Tim Parlatore, an attorney representing Bernard Kerik, an unindicted co-conspirator, said she was primarily responsible for knowingly perpetuating false claims about the election. Essentially, it was a courtroom version of “he said, she said,” but with ramifications that could affect the trajectory of the next election in 2024.

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If Powell’s testimony does strengthen the prosecution’s case against Trump, it could play a significant role in setting the stage for a historic trial. In fact, there are still 17 other co-defendants, including Chesebro, who could be pressured into accepting plea deals in exchange for helping the Fulton County District Attorney’s office convict the former president.

Of course, even if the prosecution manages to get all, or most, of the other co-defendants to flip on Trump, their case is not a done deal. They will still have to present a strong case, and Trump’s defense is expected to come with aggressive counterarguments to poke holes in the prosecution’s effort to convince a jury that the former president is guilty.

For now, nothing is certain. With Chesebro’s trial right around the corner, it is likely that there could be yet another shoe that drops.

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