Sidney Powell, “Kraken Queen,” Now on Trump’s “Banned List”
Being Sidney Powell is more difficult than before.
She was once a key player in Donald Trump’s inner circle. These days, she might have a hard time getting in through the front door.
Queen “Kraken” has long since retreated from acceptability among the GOP’s most respectable circles with a constant stream of bizarre electoral conspiracy theories. But knowledgeable sources tell the Daily Beast that places she’s not welcome now include Trump’s properties, where advisers seek to keep the former president away from her.
Her relentless antics put her on an informal list of people to intercept if they ever showed up, or if they even tried to call the 45th US President.
Powell faces a number of legal headaches. She and her nonprofit, Defending the Republic, are both named as defendants in a billion-dollar libel lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems. She has been sanctioned by a Michigan judge for filing a frivolous election complaint in the state, faces calls for her expungement in Texas, and her nonprofit is still awaiting her punishment for breaking the rules. of Florida in charitable fundraising. Despite the growing challenges, Powell was still posting new electoral conspiracy theories on his non-profit organization’s website as late as Wednesday.
MAGAworld and the conservative movement have proven to be fertile ground for election-related conspiracy theories and lies, especially those used to suppress the right to vote. And yet, Powell’s behavior and some of his debunked claims – nearly a year after Election Night 2020 – continued to alienate him from other main Trump followers, MAGA celebrities and the wider movement.
And yet, Powell’s conduct turned out to be a bit too much Embarrassing for many of them, including, it seems, Donald Trump himself.
Two lawyers who currently work for Trump or in the former president’s internal orbit say they have absolutely nothing to do with her and have warned others at MAGAland to do the same. One of them said that they had recently deleted his phone number.
Two other people familiar with the matter said that since leaving office in January, some longtime Trump advisers and associates have kept an informal list of people to watch, including in private clubs or Trump’s offices in Florida, New Jersey. , and New York. The purpose of this list is to intercept and possibly repel attempts to raise awareness, visits, or phone calls from a handful of conservative figures that could bring the ex-president more unwanted headaches.
“Sidney is definitely on the banned list,” one of the knowledgeable sources said. “His problems right now don’t have to be the [former] the president’s problems.
Powell’s legal exposure right now is, of course, huge. And since she tried to work with Trump to orchestrate a coup against Joe Biden last year, feelings of frustration and bitterness persist between Trump and Powell. According to a source with direct knowledge of the matter, since December, Powell has privately explained how disappointed she was with Trump because he didn’t end up appointing her to a “special” role in his White House, where she would have probed. conspiracy theories of “voter fraud” during the final days of his tenure.
“She looked pretty broken about it,” the person noted. “I took pity on her.”
Powell, for her part, said she had not tried to contact Trump in months.
“I am not surprised by any of the [those comments], but I didn’t seek to contact the president in any way long before he left office, ”Powell said in an email response to The Daily Beast. “My quest is simply the Truth. The American people are fed up with government and media lies. “
Even among die-hard electoral conspiracy theorists, Powell’s work has occasionally aroused some skepticism. In an interview in March, Michigan attorney Matt DePerno, whose election lawsuit against Antrim County, Mich. Helped inspire Arizona’s audit, was quick to distinguish his litigation work led by Powell. “We don’t want anything to do with them and have nothing to do with them. From our point of view, the work that some of the other camps have done has been a failure and our file is a success. We are not interested in getting attached to them, ”he said.
In August, a federal judge sanctioned Powell for filing a frivolous “Kraken” lawsuit to overturn the Michigan election. In her ruling, Justice Linda Parker called the prosecution a “historic and profound abuse of the judicial process” and ordered Powell and the other attorneys who brought the lawsuit to undergo “mandatory continuing legal education on standards matters. advocacy and electoral law “and to reimburse the State of Michigan and the City of Detroit for their legal fees.
Shortly before this sanctions hearing, Powell’s Defending the Republic nonprofit announced that one of its lawyers would be stepping down from representing the group against Dominion’s billion dollar libel suit. Voting Systems. Powell first formed the group following the 2020 election to help fund his post-election crusade against Dominion, which prompted the company to list the organization as a defendant alongside him.
Jesse Binnall, a longtime colleague of Powell’s who once worked alongside him to represent Mike Flynn, resigned as lawyer for the Powell nonprofit in connection with the Dominion lawsuit on Thursday. Binnall declined to comment when contacted by The Daily Beast on Friday.
It’s not the only puzzle looming for Powell’s nonprofit, either. In July, the group broke Florida charity rules when it allegedly began raising money as a charity in the state before registering with the Department of Agriculture, which has jurisdiction over non-profit organizations. Nikki Fried, a Democrat who is Florida’s agriculture commissioner, has filed a lawsuit against the group and the department told the AP it was negotiating with representatives of the group on what type of sanction would be appropriate.
Of course, not everyone excommunicated Powell. She still enjoys the support of the most extreme electoral conspiracy theorists, like her fellow pro-Trump “Kraken” lawyer Lin Wood. On Telegram, the encrypted social media chat app where the two have taken refuge after numerous other apps have started them, Wood and Powell frequently share their messages.
Powell can also count on the continued support and camaraderie of the main hypeman of the MAGA universe: Mike Lindell, a personal friend of Trump, and significant financial backing of efforts to overthrow or undo Biden’s decisive victory in 2020.
The CEO of MyPillow, like Powell, is currently facing massive lawsuits from Dominion against some of Trumpworld’s top luminaries.
Lindell said Thursday that although he and Powell “haven’t spoken in the past two weeks,” he would still collaborate with her and consider her a “great patriot, person and advocate!”