Today’s Burning Questions, My Smart Aleck Answers, and the Real Business:
Question: Sidney Powell, one of President Trump’s lawyers working on election complaints, has released a lot of news lately. I heard she used to live in Asheville. Is She Still Here She lived here for several years and was active and effective in my First Presbyterian Church-Asheville. She has also been the driving force behind the great effort to raise / raise major funds for a major performing arts center in Asheville. Where is she now?
My answer: Well, some critics might say La-La Land.
Real answer: Powell, 65, has gained some notoriety lately for representing President Donald Trump and taking legal action on his behalf in connection with the elections. Unfortunately, these efforts include several debunked allegations of international interference in the elections and computer algorithms that allegedly switched the votes to Biden.
Again they were exposed. Spoiler alert: Joe Biden won the election.
In reviewing Powell’s claims, USA Today quoted this quote from Powell during an appearance on C-SPAN: “We’re not going to be intimidated. We’re not going to back down. We’re going to clean up this mess now.” President Trump won by landslide. We will prove it. And we will reclaim the United States of America for the people who vote for freedom. “
Powell went a step further, claiming “that voting software was created on the instructions of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez,” according to BBC News. Chavez died in 2013.
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In another article, USA Today noted, “The Trump campaign recently distanced itself from Powell, stating that it was not a member of the president’s legal team, despite appearing alongside Trump attorneys at a press conference for the campaign in November.”
The article also mentioned a lawsuit filed by Powell in Wisconsin quoting “The TCF Center, which is not in Wisconsin, but a convention center in Detroit. Several lawsuits filed by Trump’s legal team or on behalf of his campaign , were riddled with errors, “the USA Today article reads.
Politico noted in a Nov. 22 story that the shake came with Powell when she made “far-fetched and unsupported allegations of election fraud in the 2020 election”. Powell “is also representing former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in his longstanding attempt to decipher a guilty admission of lies about his contacts with Russia in 2016,” the article reads.
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The same article noted that Trump “recently tweeted Powell to be the centerpiece of his legal team, stating that they, (Rudy) Giuliani, and others would form what would later become the” Elite Strike Force ” would denote. “
So yeah, Powell was on the news. And she lived here and was involved in the community.
The Citizen Times archive contains several messages, including Powell, including references to philanthropic work by the First Presbyterian Church and other initiatives.
Pastor Patrick Johnson of the First Presbyterian said Powell was an active member of the Church and involved in local philanthropic efforts, but said Powell had not been involved in the Church for about 10 years. His understanding was that she moved to Texas about 10 years ago, he said.
In a 2004 Citizen Times article, Powell is referred to as “Chairman of the Board of the Asheville Area Center for the Performing Arts.” This is a dormant effort to secure land and establish a new performing arts center in downtown Asheville. In an October 2005 article, Powell is quoted on the plans for the Center for the Performing Arts. The board members have visited several cities to see their centers.
“I think it would be a crown jewel for the city and a huge hub of economic development for the downtown area,” Powell said at the time. “People like to come here anyway, it gives them another great reason to come.”
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In a 2014 Citizen Times story, Powell was found to be a driving force behind establishing the Genesis Alliance in 2004 after citing the need for domestic violence advocacy. Genesis raised funds for Helpmate, the local domestic violence agency in Buncombe County, among other things.
Lisa-Gaye Hall, administrator of the Buncombe County Bar, said Powell was the spokesman for a September 2014 bar lunch.
“I think she’s been gone a couple of years now,” said Hall. “But she definitely lived here and was a member of the bar for a while.”
Hall clarified that Powell was an “associate member of the Buncombe Bar, not a regular member”. Each licensed attorney in a state can pay $ 150 annually to be an associate member of the local bar.
Powell, a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill Law School, is admitted to the Texas bar and runs her law firm in Dallas.
She’s not listed as licensed in North Carolina, according to the NC Bar, but lawyers who practice in federal court often work in multiple states as long as they can get certification to work there. Typically, they will work with a local attorney who is licensed in that state.
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Powell, a former US assistant attorney, spoke to the Buncombe Bar not long after the publication of her book “License to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Justice Department”, which Amazon.com describes in part as “… the book” that began ‘ to expose the deep state ‘. “
According to Powell’s website, it is based in Dallas, Texas and specializes in federal complaints and complex cases.
“The firm only accepts a select few cases each year and gives each one the personal time and attention they deserve,” the website says. Customers include “lawyers, judges, celebrities, cities, counties and international companies”.
Home ownership here
At one point, Powell or an affiliate owned two homes in Asheville, one in Biltmore Forest and one in Biltmore Park.
Powell owned the Biltmore Forest home individually until December 2012 when she transferred the deed to Fawkes Partners LP (Limited Partnership). The North Carolina Secretary of State’s website reveals that Powell is the “registered agent” of the company, which was incorporated in Texas with a primary address in Dallas, but also a local office listed as the Biltmore Forest address.
The Biltmore Forest home sits on 1.43 acres and has an estimated tax value of $ 812,700 according to Buncombe County real estate records.
Powell had another company, WBP Holdings LLC, which shared ownership of the Biltmore Park Home with Fawkes Partners LP. WBP Holdings was dissolved.
The house in Biltmore Park was sold to a local couple in 2017.
Some documents list a law firm on Hendersonville Road for Powell, but that phone number has been separated.
I left a message in Powell’s Dallas office but heard none of it. I know she is busy these days as she is still filing legal action regarding the election, but if I hear anything I will provide an update.
This is John Boyle’s opinion. To submit a question, contact him at 232-5847 or [email protected]