In a Dec. 23 interview with Zenger News, Attorney Sidney Powell said that senior White House aides are stopping her from approaching President Donald Trump and are blocking her attempts to play a formal coordination role on behalf of the president in pursuing contest-of-election challenges.
The interview followed what has been widely reported as a tense meeting at the Oval Office on Friday with the participation of Trump, Powell, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and White House counsel Pat Cipollone. National security adviser Robert O’Brien and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani reportedly participated by phone.
Powell told Zenger News that during Friday’s meeting, she was verbally offered Trump’s position as “special White House counsel,” but that she was unable to provide the president with paperwork that would make it official and that her appointment was effectively blocked.
“It has not come to pass,” Powell said, “because it seems it was blocked after Friday night, or undone, or I’m not sure what you’d call it” by senior White House staff, she suggested.
“Someone threw sand in the gears?” the interviewer asked. “Something like that,” Powell replied.
“I’ve been blocked from speaking to or communicating with the president since I left the Oval Office on Friday night,” Powell said, “by apparently everyone around” the president.
Powell clarified that the role she was offered was “not a Robert Mueller-style special counsel,” but that “there was a discussion about me being a special White House counsel.” A special counsel is appointed by the Attorney General, while a special White House counsel can be appointed by the president.
Attorney General William Barr said at a press conference Monday that he doesn’t see a reason to appoint a special counsel to probe election fraud allegations.
In a Wednesday tweet, Trump doubled his calls for the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate election fraud.
“I disagree with anyone that thinks a strong, fast, and fair Special Counsel is not needed, IMMEDIATELY. This was the most corrupt election in the history of our Country, and it must be closely examined!” Trump wrote.