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“Our lovely real estate agent first told us that there is a law firm that is really interested in your building and wants to pay cash and wants to close in two weeks. … A day or two later they said, ‘Oh, by the way, it’s Sidney Powell,’ ”Boyles said.

The purchase came about three months after Powell was sued for libel by the U.S. division of Dominion Voting Systems, which accused her of promoting baseless conspiracy theories about the company, including that she helped kick off last year’s election for President Joe Biden.

And it comes as Powell faces a slew of complaints demanding her expungement or other professional discipline for the series of lawsuits she filed last fall challenging election results in battlefield states.

As recently as last week, a federal judge in Detroit ordered Powell and other pro-Trump attorneys to pay attorney fees incurred by the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit in connection with an election-related trial and take a course on electoral law. Powell and his allies have also been referred to state bar authorities for possible further action.

Boyles said the real estate transaction seemed routine to them, but she and Totoiu were somewhat concerned that Powell’s legal issues would undermine the sale.

“There is nothing sordid about it. We just crossed our fingers that the money was in our account before the Dominion lawsuit kicked in, ”she said. “From our side, it seems flawless. “

Powell’s lawyers have decided to dismiss the lawsuit against her, but earlier this month a federal judge in Washington refused to dismiss the case and the parallel lawsuits against Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and founder of My Pillow, Mike Lindell. Lawyers for Powell said she did not defame the company and that many of her allegations were supported by affidavits she had no reason to doubt.

In the aftermath of the 2020 election, Powell became one of the most vocal leaders in a gang of lawyers who filed dozens of lawsuits aimed at challenging Biden’s victory, forcing recounts or making sure that state lawmakers declare Trump the winner. Powell, who memorable pledged to ‘free the Kraken’ as she led a campaign to expose massive wrongdoing in the election, was briefly identified as an official member of Trump’s legal team and attended a press conference on November 19, 2020 at the Republican National Committee. sits with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

During that marathon event, Powell repeatedly claimed that an “algorithm” had been used to underweight Trump’s votes and overweight Biden’s, but that an overwhelming number of Trump’s votes had “broken” the formula and required another round of forgery on the part of Trump’s opponents.

“We are not going to back down. We’re going to clean up this mess now, ”Powell said. “President Trump won by a landslide. We are going to prove it and we are going to get the United States of America back for the people who vote for freedom. “

Three days later, Giuliani said Powell was no longer on the president’s team, although she continued to attend Oval Office meetings and Trump repeatedly considered appointing Powell as special advocate to investigate. suspected electoral irregularities.

Boyles said she and her husband “do not stand on the same side of the political fence” as Powell, which has led to criticism from people in their circles.

“Our friends and family, when we told them who we sold the building to, there was a short pause and ‘Oh…’ and then they said they were joking,” Boyles said.

Powell did not respond to emails and phone messages requesting comment on this story.

A close associate of Powell, attorney Jesse Binnall, already works in an Alexandria office, located on King Street, five blocks south of the new Powell dig.

Binnall served as co-counsel with Powell on the criminal defense of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and handled some election-related disputes for the Trump campaign. Binnall now represents the Powell Defending the Republic political group in the Dominion defamation lawsuit, and former President Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. in the Capitol Riot lawsuits.

On Monday, the brick building Powell bought appeared to be undergoing renovations, with a painter’s ladder visible through one of the doors. There is no sign posted indicating a connection to Powell or his organizations. Three rocking chairs placed behind the beige painted columns on the porch give a warmer atmosphere than that of a law firm.

“The historic charm is evident in the details of the crown moldings and chair rails, the original fireplace, beautiful woodwork, and the newly refurbished original hardwood floors,” according to the property’s listing, built in 1910 as a single family home and later converted into offices.

An obvious addition since the ownership transfer in April: security cameras that weren’t visible in photos of the building posted on real estate websites when the location was on the market.

Powell’s new outpost in the DC area is nestled between a barber shop and another small-scale office building. She is now somewhat of a close neighbor to longtime GOP media strategist and former Justice Department spokesman Mark Corallo, whose company has been in the same block since 2005.

“This is news for me,” Corallo said when a POLITICO reporter briefed him on the development.

Alexandria land records show that in April, a company called 524 Old Towne LLC paid $ 1.2 million to buy the old antique store. City records link the company to a UPS store in West Palm Beach, Florida, which was also used by Powell’s Defending the Republic group. Virginia business records show the business is registered at the same Dallas address that Powell uses in his court records – an address that matches coworking space.

Texas business records show that 524 Old Towne LLC was formed about a week before the sale closed in April.

Totoiu said he and Boyles obtained some of Powell’s financial information to make sure the offer was legitimate, but never met Powell face to face during negotiations. “Everything was on paper. We never really met her, ”he said.

Powell was working from the building a few weeks after the sale closed, Boyles said.

“She had her office set up,” said the former owner.


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