Attorney Sidney Powell was seen at the White House on Sunday, a sign that President Trump and his advisers are considering drastic action to scrutinize and challenge the results of the 2020 election.
Multiple journalists tweeted they confirmed that Powell was pitching an executive order to seize voting machines for inspections, though it appears she didn’t actually get face time with the president.
The executive order was reportedly suggested in an Oval Office meeting on Friday during which Trump also discussed appointing Powell, who was in attendance, as a special counsel to investigate voter fraud. The ideas being floated were strongly opposed by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to the New York Times.
Powell and other Trump allies claim voting machines in several battleground states that Trump lost were used to flip votes to President-elect Joe Biden. These allegations have not held up in court. Federal and state officials said they have not seen evidence of widespread voter fraud, and the electronic voting machine companies targeted by the allegations are threatening litigation.
Still, with a month to go until Inauguration Day, Rudy Giuliani, who is leading Trump’s legal team, said in an interview Saturday morning that they are adopting a “completely different strategy” that “is going to focus a great deal on some evidence we have about some of these machines that could throw off these states in a matter of maybe a one- or two-day audit.” Peter Navarro, a White House trade adviser, released a report last week outlining several examples of voting irregularities that are “more than sufficient” to swing the outcome of the election in Trump’s favor.
CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond said he spotted Powell leaving the residence side of the White House just before 9 p.m. on Sunday and that she denied meeting with Trump. Diamond tweeted that when Powell was asked again, she said, “It would be none of your business.” The Washington Examiner reached out to Powell and the White House for further comment.
.@ABC has confirmed Sidney Powell was indeed meeting with President Trump tonight in the White House residence pushing for an executive order that White House aides thought had been quashed after Friday night Oval mtg. Unclear what the President may or may not do w/ @KFaulders https://t.co/LwWdDReaeM— John Santucci (@Santucci) December 21, 2020
Confirming what @JDiamond1 saw, that Sidney Powell was back in the White House tonight. She was once again pitching an executive order on seizing voting machines to examine them, per a person with knowledge of the meeting. Unclear if POTUS is planning to go along with it.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 21, 2020
SPOTTED tonight at the White House: attorney & conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell.@abdallahcnn & I saw her leaving the residence side of the White House shortly before 9p.— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) December 21, 2020
She denied meeting with Trump tonight. When pressed again, she said: “It would be none of your business”