- Sidney Powell clashed early on with Giuliani as part of Trump’s campaign legal team, per a new book.
- “I didn’t come here to kiss your f—ing ring,” she reportedly told the former New York City mayor.
- Powell later saw herself cast aside and then brought back into the Trump orbit.
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As Sidney Powell, a former assistant US attorney, became one of the faces of then-President Donald Trump’s campaign legal team, tension unfolded with Rudy Giuliani last November, according to a forthcoming book by Michael Wolff.
During an outburst, Giuliani, who served as Trump’s personal lawyer and has backed up many of the former president’s debunked election claims, reportedly described Powell as “crazy.”
After Giuliani questioned some of Powell’s most bizarre election theories, she snapped back at the former New York City mayor.
“I didn’t come here to kiss your f—ing ring,” she reportedly said.
Wolff detailed the showdown in “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,” an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.
The book goes on to describe how Powell and Giuliani went into separate rooms as Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis sought out the former president to resolve the situation.
“The two of them [Powell and Giuliani] ended up in separate rooms sulking, with Ellis calling the president to moderate,” the book said. “The president made clear that he wanted Powell on the team. He was embracing everybody (or anybody) who agreed that the election had been stolen from him.”
As Powell became more entrenched within the Trump orbit, her conspiracy theories were amplified on a much larger scale.
“In the days immediately following the election, she was the author on Fox of operatic new conspiracies, going much further out than anything the president had yet reached: computer systems had been programmed to switch Trump votes to Biden votes, with the CIA in on it. Now she had been telling Giuliani and the team that the conspiracy ran even deeper: Trump’s landslide victory was upended by an international plot,” the book said.
In media appearances, Powell falsely claimed that Dominion Voting Systems had tilted the US presidential election in favor of now-President Joe Biden. She alleged – without evidence – that Dominion secretly aided a rival election-technology company, Smartmatic, and had links to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Over time, the damage from her unsubstantiated accusations had taken a serious toll.
In late November, Giuliani and Ellis announced that Powell was “practicing law on her own” after being purged from the campaign team.
However, just weeks later, The New York Times reported that Trump was considering naming Powell as a special counsel investigating voter fraud.
According to The Times, most of Trump’s advisors didn’t support the plan, including Giuliani.
Powell currently faces a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit from Dominion over her debunked election claims; Giuliani and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell are also being sued by the election technology supplier.