- In a December meeting, Trump criticized Sidney Powell over spelling mistakes in her election lawsuits.
- “That was very embarrassing. That shouldn’t have happened,” he said, according to Axios.
- Powell has pushed the baseless claim that the election was rigged.
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During an hours-long White House meeting about his 2020 election challenges, President Donald Trump weighed in on a glaring issue: Sidney Powell’s spelling mistakes.
Trump sat behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office on December 18 watching Powell, a conspiracy theorist and attorney, get into a screaming match with White House advisors over legal efforts to overturn the result of the election, Axios reported on Tuesday.
The heated exchange took place days after states formally certified their results and more than a month after Joe Biden was projected to win the election.
One of Trump’s advisors, Derek Lyons, excoriated Powell for misspelling words in the text of several lawsuits she had filed on her own seeking to overturn the election result, according to Axios.
“You somehow managed to misspell the word ‘district’ three different ways in your suits,” Lyons told Powell.
Powell defended herself and was joined by Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor, and Patrick Byrne, the former CEO of Overstock.com, Axios reported. The group argued that Trump’s aides were focusing on minor details and moving away from the main issue of how to win his election fight.
But Trump joined Lyons, ridiculing Powell over her errors.
“No, no, he’s right. That was very embarrassing. That shouldn’t have happened,” Trump said, according to Axios.
Powell’s lawsuits did, in fact, contain several typos and errors. In one lawsuit filed in Georgia, the lawyer wrote “Districct Court” and “Distrcoict of Georgia.”
Powell became a major figure in Trump’s election battle after repeatedly asserting that foreign actors had rigged the election by manipulating voting machines to flip votes from Trump to Biden. Federal and state election officials have debunked the claim and concluded that there was no widespread voter fraud. Dominion Voting Systems last month filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Powell.
Powell, a former federal prosecutor, got booted from Trump’s team in November but continued to pursue legal challenges, all of which failed.
Trump had blasted his legal team for its handling of his election challenge, and he reportedly became concerned that Powell and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani were making him look bad after their press conference in November where hair dye dripped down the sides of Giuliani’s face.