Updated Oct 19, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Ex-Trump attorney takes plea deal in Georgia election interference case

Attorney Sidney Powell speaks to the press about various lawsuits related to the 2020 election, inside the Republican National Committee headquarters on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Sidney Powell speaks to the press about various lawsuits related to the 2020 election, inside the Republican National Committee headquarters on Nov. 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Former Trump attorney Sidney Powell took a plea deal on Thursday in Georgia's 2020 election case, one day before jury selection in her trial was set to begin.

Why it matters: She is the first of Trump's inner circle to enter a guilty plea and admit to crimes in connection with subverting 2020 election results.

Driving the news: Powell pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor charges relating to efforts to interfere with the 2020 election and agreed to testify against co-defendants in the case.

  • Fulton County prosecutors recommended Powell receive six years of probation and a $6,000 fine, in addition to paying $2,700 in restitution.
  • Under the terms of the deal, she is also required to write an apology letter to the citizens of Georgia.

The big picture: Powell helped spread baseless conspiracy theories about ballot fraud in the days after the 2020 election.

  • She was indicted earlier this year along with former President Trump and 17 others in the sprawling criminal racketeering case.
  • Her initial charges included violating Georgia's racketeering law and conspiracy to commit election fraud as part of the scheme to keep Trump in power after he lost the 2020 election.
  • She is the second defendant to accept a plea deal in the case. Scott Hall, a bail bondsman, pleaded guilty to charges against him last month.

What we're watching: The trial for attorney Kenneth Chesebro is set to begin on Friday with jury selection.

  • Chesebro, an attorney, helped devise the plan to "submit fraudulent slates of presidential electors" to Congress, according to the indictment.

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Editor's note: This story was updated with additional info from Thursday's hearing.

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