Oct 19, 2023
Sidney Powell must testify truthfully about her 18 co-defendants in the election interference case in Georgia. One of those co-defendants is former President Donald Trump.
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And ma'am, do you understand that this is a negotiated plea, which means that your attorney and I have reached an agreement, or the state has reached an agreement as to the proposed sentence that will be made to the court? >> Speaker 2: I do. >> Speaker 1: Do you understand that the recommendation being made to the court as to this accusation on counts one through six that you be sentenced to twelve months [00:00:15] of probation to run consecutive with one another? >> Speaker 2: I do. >> Speaker 2: Well, for Trump campaign lawyer Sydney Powell, looks like she's willing to take plea deal. Big fan of the art of the deal. And this might mean bad news for Donald Trump, who, of course, [00:00:31] is indicted in the very same Georgia election meddling case. Now, Powell is one of the 18 co-defendants in that case, and here's what we know. She's pleading to six misdemeanor charges, according to the agreement read in court, [00:00:48] but will get about 12 months of probation for each count, as well as a $6,000 fine. She'll also have to pay about $2,700 restitution as part of the plea deal. But the big get here is that she will serve no time behind bars, [00:01:04] my guess is that is the reason why she took the plea deal. But in order to take the plea deal, you gotta be willing to testify in the case, meaning testify against your co-defendants. So let's get to some of those details. First off, I think it's worth noting what the indictment says. [00:01:21] So the indictment lists the charges that she was facing, including conspiracy to commit intentional interference with performance of election duties. Conspiracy to commit intentional interference with performance of election duties. So two charges of that, election interference again and again and again. [00:01:40] And it really has to do with her role in basically like breaking into the Coffee County Election Office and obtaining voting records from the office itself, which is, of course, a very serious crime. [00:01:56] Now, here's more on what Sidney Powell was facing in this case and why she likely took the plea deal. >> Speaker 3: If this case had gone to trial, the state would have shown that on between the dates of December 1 of 2020 and January 7 of 2021. [00:02:12] The defendant, Sydney Powell, along with several co-conspirators entered into a conspiracy to intervene with the performance of election duties of co-defendant Misty Hampton, also known as Emily Misty Hayes. At all times relevant to the conspiracy, Misty Hampton was the elections director for Coffee County, [00:02:30] Georgia and was subject to all duties imposed by chapter 2 of Title 21 of OCGA. The purpose of the conspiracy was to use Misty Hampton's position to unlawfully access secure elections machines in Coffee County, Georgia. The conspiracy included the following objectives one, [00:02:47] to willfully tamper with electronic ballot markers and tabulating machines. Two, to cause certain members of the conspiracy who were not officers charged by law with the care of ballots and who were not persons entrusted by any such officer with the care of ballots for a purpose required by [00:03:05] law to possess official ballots outside of the polling place. >> Speaker 2: So rather than deal with that trial, she has instead decided, all right, I'll plead guilty to some misdemeanors. She's pleading guilty to six counts of conspiracy to commit intentional interference with performance of election duties. [00:03:22] And as part of the agreement, Powell must testify truthfully about any co-defendants involved in the case and provide all documents to the District Attorney's office relevant to their case against the other co-defendants, according to Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee. [00:03:39] So the Trump team is kinda pretending like this is no biggie for them, but I certainly would be concerned. >> Speaker 4: Yeah, so I hope that as part of the deal, she also has to release the Kraken. I've been waiting this whole time for the Kraken, so [00:03:55] I hope she's got that in her back pocket. Okay, so, guys, we don't yet know how important this is because of one giant critical fact. We don't know what they talked to the prosecutors and what deal they made behind the scenes. [00:04:11] So we know she's getting a super light punishment and is testifying yes to others. But if it's about, like, the one voting machine in Georgia that they broke into, yeah, that's obviously illegal, there should be punishment for it. [00:04:28] But that's a tiny thing, if I'm being honest with you guys, right? The real thing, if that's all they did, I'd say, guys, let's get past this, okay? >> Speaker 2: Really? >> Speaker 4: Yeah. >> Speaker 2: Breaking into voting? >> Speaker 4: Yeah. And I'll tell you why. Don't get me wrong, I'm not gonna let them off. I'd say those guys, whoever they did it, [00:04:45] should have faced significant criminal penalties, but that's not a coup attempt. It's one voting machine in Georgia, and it's a bunch of right wing guys under Trump, etc, and a bunch of local yahoos going, we got this, okay? But one voting machine isn't gonna make the difference in the whole country. [00:05:04] The real deal is the fake electors, so that's an actual coup attempt. So if she has the goods on how they plan to overturn democracy, if she knows and can help prove that they knew they lost, but [00:05:20] we're trying to use fake electors to steal the election, then this is the biggest thing that's happened in a long time. But if she comes in with some weak sauce about a voting machine, this and they were being mean, that, those are that, then it's a waste of time. [00:05:38] >> Speaker 2: For them to essentially give her a slap on the wrist as part of this plea deal, wouldn't she have to prove that she's got the goods? >> Speaker 4: Yeah, and so that's why I don't know the conversations that they had. But remember, Anna, prosecutors really, really wanna win in general. [00:05:56] And so now, look, to be fair, Fonnie, Willis has done a great job so far, right? Very much in favor of how she's handled this case so far, and she's shown courage, she's shown wisdom, etc. So she's earned our trust to some degree. [00:06:11] So I'm hoping she got this right. But a lot of prosecutors will be, I flipped somebody. Yay me, and she'll testify, and she'll say some things that'll help me a little bit. Good enough, right? And so I hope that Willis hasn't done that, and so she's gotta deliver the goods here, guys. [00:06:30] And remember this, this was not at all surprising to me. If you watch Young Turks, I told you guys earlier, and we told you guys that a lot of the co-defendants were flipping on they were they were all pointing their fingers. And so we already knew she was a sacrificial goat, right? [00:06:47] So they were gonna throw her under the bus. So at some point, she'd have been nuts not to get a deal with the prosecutors. >> Speaker 2: Well, let me also just note that even before anyone was indicted in this case, well, before anyone was indicted. I remember that Sidney Powell, in her public appearances, just was so [00:07:05] unhinged that it even made the Trump campaign uncomfortable with her. So they started distancing themselves with her. >> Speaker 4: And that's the other reason why they picked her to throw her under the bus. >> Speaker 2: Smart. She'll go, hey, >> Smart for her to decide to flip. I mean, it wasn't so smart for the co-conspirators, right, or co-defendants. [00:07:23] >> Speaker 4: Yeah. So since they did a little bit of distancing from her, they almost had to pick her as the person to sacrifice. So no, she's the one that did everything, the rest of us were innocent. She had the Kraken, she had the Dump, she had the mules. [00:07:39] It was all her and that's why we distanced hers. But they previewed that already. Well, one of the things we found out is, it turns out Sidney Powell isn't crazy after all, because to stay on the side that's throwing her onto the bus would have been crazy. [00:07:55] She would have gone to jail, she would have gotten the most severe sentence, and she would have gotten no support from our co-defendants. Now she walks away with a deal, and I hope to God, like I said, that it's a good deal that gets us real information. If she gave weak sauce information, then, man, she skated. [00:08:12] And then that would really bother me. >> Speaker 2: So we'll see how it plays out. But I did wanna also fill you all in on some of the other co-defendants, including the man with the best last name in this entire situation, Mr Chesebro,, kenneth Chesebro, that is. [00:08:28] Now, he refused to take a plea deal, so he will stand trial, and if he's found guilty, he will deal with the full extent of the punishment that the judge decides. An attorney, he was an attorney, he's facing seven counts after prosecutors said that he's the one who drafted a strategy to use so [00:08:47] called alternate electors to prevent Joe Biden from receiving the electoral college votes necessary to basically make his win official. Now, Sidney Powell is the second person who has flipped. [00:09:03] She's the second one to do a plea deal, Scott Hall is the other individual. He pleaded guilty to tampering with voting machine equipment. Now, Steve Sadow, who is Trump's lead attorney in this case, says, no sweat off my back. [00:09:19] He told ABC News, quote, assuming truthful testimony in the Fulton County case, it will be favorable to my overall defense strategy. So he's either putting on a brave face or he means it. It's really hard to tell, but we'll see how it plays out. >> Speaker 4: Yeah, look, Chesebro is gonna wind up being pivotal. [00:09:38] And it's amusing that the guy who's pivotal in this case is the funniest name in the world. But the reason why is, he's one of the principal actors in the fake electric scheme, right? [00:09:53] So if he flips now ball game, ball game. Now Trump's in trouble, okay? If he doesn't flip and they throw, since he's going first way before anyone else, if they throw the book at him, if they convict him and send him to prison for [00:10:10] 20 years. You know what's gonna happen to the other 16 that have not cooperated yet with the prosecutors? Sweat is gonna go down their face, all of their hair, makeup or whatever it was on rude faces is gonna flow down their faces. [00:10:27] They're gonna be in a cold sweat panic if that brother gets or that Bro gets 20 years in jail, okay? So let's go get Chesebro, if he did it, obviously correct way through the justice system, prove the fake elector scheme and throw the book at him.
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