Sidney Powell, “Kraken Releaser,” Has a Terrible Thanksgiving
Chances are Sidney Powell isn’t having a very good Thanksgiving. Yesterday she lost a paying client when admitted liar Michael Flynn was pardoned by Donald Trump. Today she has been epically mocked online for filing typo-ridden lawsuits in Georgia and Michigan challenging the results of the presidential election and for soliciting donations ostensibly to pay for her efforts.
First, the court filings. In Georgia, her Complaint for Declaratory, Emergency and Permanent Injunctive Relief indicates it is filed “IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICCT COURT, NORTHERN DISTRCOICT OF GEORGIA, ATLANTA DIVISION.” Later she incorporates a third, correct, spelling of “district.” The Michigan filing had numerous formatting issues that removed spaces and made it difficult to read.
These are the first lines of Sidney Powell's "kraken" lawsuit that Trump supporters have been claiming would save his presidency, not looking great. The rest is just rehashed witness affidavits, including one that claims the ballot paper was suspiciously clean. pic.twitter.com/oihuMeZeig
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) November 26, 2020
Although she announces it on her newly published website “the Kraken is released on Georgia!” there is no evidence the complaint actually has been filed. That’s probably a good thing for Powell since Jason Shepherd, chairman of the Cobb County Republican Party, told the Atlanta Constitution-Journal on Thursday that he never agreed to be party to the action and demanded to be removed.
Her pleading says the “civil action brings to light a massive election fraud, multiple violations of Georgia laws … and multiple Constitutional violations, as shown by fact witnesses to specific incidents, multiple expert witnesses and the sheer mathematical impossibilities found in the Georgia 2020 General Election.”
The former member of Donald Trump’s “elite strike force” of attorneys challenging the election results also alleges the same patten of election and voter fraud in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Wisconsin.
The Trump legal team of Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis jettisoned her last week after the disastrous news conference in which she followed Giuliani to the microphone and alleged without evidence that Chinese communist money and the late Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez had somehow conspired to rig the U.S. election.
No longer a member of the elite strike force Powell launched the website defendtherepublic.org to solicit donations to fund her legal fight on behalf of Trump. The home page features a portrait of Powell with the caption “Kraken Releaser.” The website “was established by Sidney Powell to defend and to protect the integrity of elections in the United States,” it says, and implores visitors to contribute to the cause. Interestingly, it advises supporters who would prefer to mail in a check to make it out to Powell personally.
If you were to attempt to click on the link to Powell’s website on Twitter you would see the message: “The link you are trying to access has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially spammy or unsafe, in accordance with Twitter’s URL Policy.”
One Twitter user had this observation:
#SidneyPowell is committing fraud by soliciting $$ to support frivolous litigation that has no chance of succeeding.
If YOU have donated to #SidneyPowell, speak to your lawyer about whether you can lead a possible class action to recover big bucks.
— 🌊 Lawrence R. Gelber 🌊 (@GelberLaw) November 26, 2020
Powell also has been relentlessly mocked for invoking the obscure phrase “release the kraken.” In Norse mythology, a kraken is a giant sea monster. The phrase was used in the 1981 fantasy film, “Clash of the Titans.”
The Kraken came, and apparently it can't spell. https://t.co/YHOmR0RdyB
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) November 26, 2020
Before today, “Kraken” most recently was noted as the nickname of Seattle’s new National Hockey League franchise.