In yet another political (and legal) blow to former president Donald Trump, one-time Trump attorney Sidney Powell pleaded guilty just one day before her trial started.
Powell admitted to her role in the January breach of election systems in Coffee County, Georgia.
The charges alleged that GOP election officials helped Trump supporters access information from the county’s election results system in an effort to prove the election was rigged against Trump.
Prosecutors recommended a sentence of six years probation for Powell. No jail time. She will also pay a $6,000 fine and $2,700 in restitution to the state of Georgia.
Powell is the second person to plead guilty. Scott Hall previously pleaded guilty and agreed, like Powell, to testify at future trials. Trump, as well as 17 other defendants, all pleaded not guilty.
Trump’s lawyers believe Powell testifying in the trial against Trump will help the former President’s case. “Assuming truthful testimony in the Fulton County case, it will be favorable to my overall defense strategy,” Steve Sadow said.