© Tasos Katopodis/GettyPresident Donald Trump speaks to the press in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 20, 2020 in Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump's legal team distanced themselves from Sidney Powell, a lawyer who threatened to "blow up" Georgia, as the campaign's post-election lawsuits suffered further defeat over the weekend.
Powell told conservative media outlet Newsmax TV on Saturday night that an upcoming campaign lawsuit in Georgia "will be biblical" as a federal judge granted Pennsylvania's request to dismiss Trump's lawsuit alleging voter fraud in the state. "Georgia's probably going to be the first state I'm gonna blow up," Powell said. Following the media appearance, the campaign sought to dump her connection to their legal team.
"Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own. She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team. She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity," Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, a senior legal adviser to the Trump campaign, said in a joint Sunday statement.
Powell has appeared with Giuliani and members of the campaign's legal team at several press events over the past month, including one last Thursday. In a tweet on November 14, Trump also acknowledged Powell as a member of his team.
"I look forward to Mayor Giuliani spearheading the legal effort to defend OUR RIGHT to FREE and FAIR ELECTIONS!" the president wrote. "Rudy Giuliani, Joseph diGenova, Victoria Toensing, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis, a truly great team, added to our other wonderful lawyers and representatives!"
Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign for comment.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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