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Trump asked ‘Kraken’ conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell to be a special adviser, she confirms to January 6 committee

Donald Trump personally tapped conspiracy theorist and lawyer Sidney Powell to be a ‘special counsel’ working in the White House to investigate his election and voter fraud allegations, although he never accepted his appointment, Ms. Powell told the Jan. 6 committee on Thursday.

The former Trump lawyer’s testimony before the committee on Jan. 6 was one of several testimonies released publicly for the first time by the select committee during the hearing.

“On Friday, he had asked me to be a special adviser to deal with electoral matters,” she told lawmakers.

Mr. Trump’s offer had previously been reported by The New York Times in December 2020, just weeks before the Jan. 6 riot, but never publicly confirmed by either the President or Ms. Powell before.

The lawyer was one of the most vocal adherents of the 2020 election rumors and nonsensical conspiracies throughout 2020. She was ultimately cut off from the rest of the president’s legal team and disavowed by aides to Mr. Trump after his claims got too wild for even the Trump campaign to handle.

“Sidney Powell practices law on her own,” the head of Trump’s post-election legal team, Rudy Giuliani, said in late November. “She is not a member of Trump’s legal team. She is also not the president’s personal lawyer.

Her outlandish claims about Dominion voting machines in particular led to her being targeted for a defamation lawsuit by the company after she falsely alleged that her machines “were created in Venezuela under the direction of Hugo Chávez” and were allegedly used to return thousands of votes from Mr. Trump to Joe Biden.

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