Ex-Trump attorney takes plea deal in Georgia election interference case
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.
Editor's note: This story was updated with additional info from Thursday's hearing.