Attorney Sidney Powell, one of eighteen co-defendants alongside former President Donald Trump in the Georgia racketeering case, entered a guilty plea on Thursday as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
This marks an early victory for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in the conspiracy she has alleged involving Trump and his associates attempting to challenge the 2020 election results in Georgia.
Powell is anticipated to become a cooperating witness for prosecutors, potentially testifying against other defendants involved in the racketeering conspiracy, raising concerns among the remaining 18 co-defendants that they may be compelled to accept plea deals.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that just one day before jury selection was set to begin for the speedy trial requested by former Trump attorney, Sidney Powell, and fellow attorney Kenneth Chesebro, Powell reached a plea deal.
Initially charged with seven felony counts, she pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit intentional interference with the performance of election duties.
As part of her plea agreement, Powell will serve six years of probation; pay a $6,000 fine and $2,700 in restitution to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office; write an apology letter to the citizens of Georgia; and must provide truthful testimony against others if called upon.
The outlet noted that this could increase pressure on Chesebro and other potential defendants to reach deals with prosecutors as well as reduce the risk that she faces from possibly losing her law license in Texas due to misdemeanors not being considered “serious crimes” or crimes of “moral turpitude.”
The guilty plea of Powell has raised questions about the implications it may have for DA Willis’ prosecutorial efforts against former President Trump and others.
According to CNN, Powell is now under a stipulation that she must testify truthfully as a cooperating witness against other individuals.
This could include her participation in the December 18th 2020 White House meeting with other Trump attorneys and associates, during which plans to challenge and overturn the election results were discussed, such as her being appointed a special counsel tasked with investigating election fraud and even potentially the declaration of martial law and using the military to seize control of voting equipment.
Additionally, her alleged involvement in an unlawful data breach by SullivanStrickler, an Atlanta-based computer forensics firm at Coffee County’s election equipment could also be called into question.
Scott Hall, a local bail bondsman involved in this conspiracy has already accepted a deal last month wherein he pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts while agreeing to testify against others.
According to CNN, Powell may be compelled to disclose additional details about numerous lawsuits she submitted across the nation concerning the 2020 election results; nearly all of them were swiftly rejected by judges and labelled as “frivolous”.
This could potentially pose a threat to Trump himself, as any information Powell provides Fulton County prosecutors could be shared with Special Counsel Jack Smith’s federal case against Trump, in which Powell is thought to have been an unnamed and unindicted co-conspirator.