Rudy Giuliani says Trump camp split with Sidney Powell over pursuit of “different theories”

President Donald Trump‘s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said his legal team split with Sidney Powell because they were “pursuing two different theories” on alleged voter fraud at the November 3 elections.

Appearing on Fox Business on Monday night, Giuliani said his theory focused on the supposed “misconduct” of local election officials that involved the alleged “deprivation” of Trump’s constitutional rights.

Meanwhile, Powell had peddled baseless theories about an alleged conspiracy surrounding the use of Dominion Voting Systems in Georgia—an alleged conspiracy that she claimed at least two Republican officials were involved in.

When Fox Business host Lou Dobbs asked Giuliani why the Trump re-election team had cut ties with Powell shortly after she peddled the theory on Newsmax TV, the ex-New York City mayor said: “I think it’s because we’re pursuing two different theories.

Rudy Giuliani stands next to a map during a press conference about various lawsuits related to the 2020 election, inside the Republican National Committee headquarters on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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“Our theory of the case to get to the Supreme Court, now in four places and it’s soon going to be in two others—and there will be an overall lawsuit—is basically misconduct of the election by state officials in at least five or six different states in which the misconduct of the election involved deprivation of constitutional rights for the president.”

Newsweek has contacted Sidney Powell for comment, and will update this article with any response.

President Trump’s re-election campaign cut ties with Powell on Sunday, shortly after she made her baseless claims on Newsmax TV. In a joint statement, Giuliani and Trump legal adviser Jenna Ellis said Powell was practicing law on her own.

“[Powell] is not a member of the Trump Legal Team,” the pair said in the statement. “She is also not a lawyer for the president in his personal capacity.”

Speaking to Newsmax earlier in the day, Powell claimed that the Republican Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia and his Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had been paid to be involved in a baseless conspiracy surrounding the Dominion Voting Systems.

She also made the unfounded claim that Sen. Kelly Loeffler would have finished behind GOP Rep. Doug Collins in the Georgia special election were it not the alleged Dominion conspiracy. Powell has not provided any evidence to substantiate her claims.

President Trump himself appeared to move toward conceding the election to President-elect Joe Biden on Monday after the General Services Administration said the Democratic candidate would be allowed access to federal resources that are key to the transition of power.

“Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail,” Trump tweeted after the GSA announced the move. “Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”

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