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UPDATE 2-Trump campaign says Sidney Powell not a member of legal team

23 Nov 2020 / 07:05 H.

    (Adds earlier Trump tweet, request for comment from Powell)

    By Jan Wolfe

    Nov 22 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign issued a statement on Sunday distancing itself from Sidney Powell, a lawyer who made baseless allegations of voter fraud at a campaign press conference on Thursday.

    "Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own," Trump campaign lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis said in the statement. "She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team. She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity."

    The announcement came one day after a judge dismissed the campaign's lawsuit seeking to halt President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Pennsylvania, dealing a major blow to Trump's flailing efforts to overturn his Nov. 3 election loss.

    Powell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Trump had referred to Powell as one of his lawyers in a Nov. 14 tweet.

    "Rudy Giuliani, Joseph diGenova, Victoria Toensing, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis, a truly great team, added to our other wonderful lawyers and representatives," Trump said in the tweet. (Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Additional reporting by Timothy Gardner: Editing by Paul Simao and Daniel Wallis)

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