President Trump has spent the last month and a half suggesting to anyone who’ll listen that the 2020 election was stolen from him via widespread voter fraud, and perhaps even through compromised voting machines used in several key swing states. His legal team has thus far been unable to make any of these accusations stick in a court of law, however, leaving the President with a dwindling path to reelection at this late stage.
But, as President Trump has intimated several times in the past few weeks, his allegations are far bigger than just this election, and he’s now eyeing a possible investigation into these issues, to be helmed by one of the nation’s most daring legal minds.
President Trump floated appointing Sidney Powell, the attorney his legal team disavowed after she promoted conspiracy theories about the election, as special counsel to investigate voter fraud, according to two advisers to Mr. Trump. Her name was suggested during a meeting in the White House.
A senior campaign official told CBS News they personally like Powell’s “hardcore nationalism,” but said that is a minority opinion within the campaign. The person added that “establishment types” within the campaign are increasingly wary of Powell’s influence on the president and his agenda.
Powell rose to political prominence first for her work for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, before eventually becoming a mainstay in the conversation regarding the 2020 election.
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