Sidney Powell (left) and Kenneth Chesebro (right) have both pleaded guilty for consipiring to overturn the 2020 presidential election results (Picture: AFP / Reuters)
Two of former President Donald Trump’s lawyers have pleaded guilty to charges related to election interference in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.
Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro both pleaded guilty to six charges for conspiracy to commit intentional interference with performance of election duties.
Powell and Chesebro were two of 19 defendants charged by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in August for their efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia.
Sidney Powell, a former federal prosecutor turned defense attorney, emerged as one of the leading voices casting doubt on President Joe Biden’s electoral win in 2020 (Picture: AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
Powell became notorious immediately after the 2020 election when she appeared alongside Giuliani and other Trump loyalists, insisting that the election had been stolen by fraud.
Powell claimed that she would file multiple lawsuits in swing states Biden won, including Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arizona.
‘I’m going to release the Kraken,’ she said in a now infamous appearance on Fox Business in November 2020.
The majority of Powell’s lawsuits were dropped or dismissed by the courts.
Sidney Powell speaks at a press conference immediately after the 2020 election (Picture MANDEL NGAN / AFP)
The indictment filed in August accused Powell of helping orchestrate a plot to breach voting machines in Coffee County, a rural county in southeastern Georgia.
Chesebro was charged for attempting to create an false slate of electors for Georgia in the hopes that Vice President Mike Pence would count those instead of the electors sent by the state.
According to the indictment, Chesebro arranged for 16 Georgians to sign false certificates declaring themselves ‘duly elected and qualified.’
The vice president ultimately did not accept Chesebro’s alternate electors.
Kenneth Chesebro is sworn in at Fulton County Courthouse after pleading guilty on Friday (Picture: AP)
Both Powell and Chesebro previously stated they would not take a plea deal if prosecutors offered.
Powell’s plea deal will see her sentenced to six years of probation and pay a $6,000 fine. She also agreed to testify against Trump for the prosecution if called.
Similarly, Chesebro will be sentenced to five years of probation, 100 hours of community service, and will have to pay a $5,000 fine.
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Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro have both pleaded guilty in the Georgia election case against former President Trump and his advisors.