Sidney Powell and Steve Bannon: Push and Push Back

You can say pretty much what you want when you are talking to friends. But at a higher level, particularly on Social Media and cable news programs, you can be sued. In court, you can be disbarred if you go to far.

Sidney Powell is an attorney who is being sued by Dominion voting machines for making outlandish and false claims about their equipment. Her claims were repeated in many court filings, on Fox News and even in front of the President on December 18, 2020.

In August 2021, a Michigan federal judge formally sanctioned Powell, Lin Wood, and seven other pro-Trump lawyers for their suit seeking to overturn Trump’s election loss. The judge determined the nine attorneys had participated in “a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process” by filing baseless and frivolous lawsuits in order to undermine public confidence in the democratic process. The judge ordered them to pay Michigan and Detroit for their expenses in defending against the lawsuit. The court also referred Powell and the other lawyers to state disciplinary authorities for possible disbarment for ethics violations.

Her legal problems are continuing. On January 8, 2021, Dominion sued Sidney Powell and for defamation and asked for over $1.3 billion in damages. On August 11, 2021, the courts denied a motion to dismiss, so their lawsuit case will move forward.

Wikipedia: Sidney Powell

Dominion Systems: Legal Updates

Insider: Trump Campaign Purges Conspiracy Theorist Attorney, Sidney Powell

She is a very bright and well educated attorney, with excellent experience both as a prosecutor and defense lawyer. She began her career as an assistant US attorney in the Western District of Texas, and lead many prominent cases. She began her legal career as one of the youngest federal prosecutors in the US, at the age of 23. (Biography provided in Wikipedia link.)

How was it, that she could not see the push back in the form of lawsuits coming? On November 22, 2020, Attorneys Jenna Ellis and Rudy Giuliani announced that Sidney Powell was not part of the Trump’s campaign legal team, as her claims of voter fraud became more extreme. Somehow, the fraud extended to Hugo Chavez, who had been dead for seven year. I could only think that as she ascended to the rarefied air, of being on the legal team to the Trump Campaign and sought after by all the conservative broadcaster, she just couldn’t put limits on what she claimed, which morphed rapidly into an immense international conspiracy, and all the judges who ruled against her were corrupt.

There are so many others who will be held accountable for their actions in 2020. Steve Bannon trial for ignoring a subpoena from the January 6 committee began yesterday. I believe this time, Steve Bannon will be found guilty.

Steve Bannon is a political agitator who knows how to promote his view on social media and the conservative news stations. He was either fired or pressured to resign from the White House on August 18, 2017, a week after the attack on the Charlottesville Unite to Right march by white supremist groups. Trump put out a statement that in effect put blame on both sides for the violence.

In August 2020, Bannon and three others were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering in connection to the We Build the Wall campaign. The defendants allegedly enriched themselves, despite promising that all contributions would go to building a wall. Bannon pleaded not guilty and was pardoned by Trump before his trial date.

I believe Bannon will be a case of the real push back coming in 2023, in relation to the planning of January 6 attack on the Capital. We shall see.

Wikipedia: Steve Bannon

Stay tuned,

David Lord

Stone’s arrest and the electronic trail

I figured this one out soon after Roger Stone was arrested.  Stone’s value to the Mueller investigation was what was on his cellphones, computers, tablets, etc. That’s why 29 FBI agents stormed his house.  They didn’t want him, they wanted his electronic gear.  They didn’t want a single thumb drive or hard disk to get destroyed.   Roger Stone says he would have turned himself if asked, but not before scrubbing clean his residences.

Being 100% clean is tough for Roger Stone, given his long history of deceit and trickery.    Mueller will likely have a treasure trove of bits and pieces.  Big question is how does this all fit into the investigation.

When cellphones first came out, criminals had the upper hand.  No one could tap a cellphone like a landline phone.  But things really have changed,  as the hard drive within a cellphone is loaded with potential incriminating information.  It will take time for FBI digital forensic experts to know exactly what the search warrant of electronic gear will yield.   Julian Sanchez nailed it on this one.   Stone can’t flip on Trump because he’s got zero credibility.

Mueller is going after the Russian hack,  Wikileaks and Republican campaign officials connections.    I don’t know if Mueller will be able to connect all the dots, but I suspect both Trump and Steve Bannon are feeling the heat turned up.   I don’t believe anyone  directly involved in  Trump’s 2016 campaign has been charged with conspiracy with Russian agents,   Well not yet.

Stay tuned,

Dave

Links:

Julian Sanchez Opinion as published in the New York Times, Jan 26, 2019.

Mueller’s Real Target in the Roger Stone Indictment