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Sidney Powell Flips on Trump - As Predicted by Law Prof
A Major Blow For Trump; May Induce Chesebro, Others, to Plead
USA TODAY - Sidney Powell, one of Donald Trump's co-defendants in Georgia election conspiracy case, pleads guilty (https://www.google.com/
"I think it's very significant because she is one of the people who was closest to Trump in many of these alleged nefarious activities, and as part of the agreement, she must testify truthfully against Trump as well as the other defendants,' said John Banzhaf, a GWU law professor who has been following the case closely. "So it is a major victory for Fani Willis and certainly a major concern for Trump."
Banzhaf, who predicted that one of both of the defendants whose separate trial was about to begin in Georgia would agree to a plea deal and turn on their former boss, notes that it was the only logical course of action for Powell.
Both of them are senior citizens who faced the very real chance of spending their remaining golden years behind bars since no president could pardon them from a state conviction, parole is virtually non-existent during their first few years, and RICO can strip them of all their assets.
Just before making - and perhaps as a part of hammering out - the plea deal, Powell tried to claim through her lawyer that she actually "did not represent President Trump or the Trump campaign" after the election. But since this claim was so weak and easily refuted, she subsequently agreed to accept the sweetheart plea deal offered to her.
Her removal from this first trial in Georgia leaves Chesebro standing by himself; a move which will mean much more very expensive work for his legal team, and probably a greater chance of his being convicted.
It also appears that new emails undermine one of his major defenses; that he was just providing legal advice to Trump, and had no involvement in the politics of the planning.
Because he also just lost a key motion, the pressure on Chesebro to follow Powell's example in even stronger, says Banzhaf, who played a major role in scuttling Hunter Biden's plea deal, and whose memo also triggered the government's successful legal action against the major tobacco companies. It was his complaint which first triggered the proceeding against Trump:
Law Professor's Complaint Leads to Investigation Into Trump's 'Find 11,800 Votes' Call (https://www.law.com/
Georgia Election Officials Investigate Trump Phone Call (https://www.wabe.org/
It may even become a race to settle, says Banzhaf, since those who come forward earliest almost always get the best deal.