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Sidney Powell amends courtroom report falsely stating that Georgia’s votes had been switched from Biden to Trump

Attorney Sidney Powell speaks at a press conference on election results in Alpharetta, Georgia, the United States, on Dec. 2, 2020.

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Sidney Powell's Kraken needs an editor.

Despite being fired from President Donald Trump's legal team, Powell continues her electoral conspiracy crusade to overthrow Joe Biden's presidential victory.

But the conservative attorney's self-described Kraken keeps his tentacles associated with typos and mistakes – including the recently undone claim that a malicious voting algorithm took votes from Biden and passed them on to Trump.

Powell corrected the mistake later on Friday, citing CNBC when she explained the mistake to a federal appeals court seeking to decertify the results of the Georgian presidential race.

The initial, jumbled message claimed in one filing that "machine-controlled algorithms deliberately executed by Dominion Voting Systems … generally took over 2.5% of Mr Biden's votes and passed them on for more than Mr Trump to have." 5% fraudulent vote increase for Mr. Biden. "

That claim – that votes were improperly passed to Trump, which somehow resulted in a net increase in votes for Biden – was "Bassakwards," Powell admitted in an email to CNBC.

"If I had a nicole for every mistake I've made in life, I could be retiring," Powell's email told a reporter. "I wish I had you corrector by 1am."

In a later filing to amend the brief, Powell stated, "The plaintiffs attorney is a small team handling several important cases in four states."

"Furthermore, the attorney had internet and computer issues that delayed our communications, in addition to what the senior attorney can only call" operator errors "late at night, which resulted in the list of authorities being omitted and CNBC so Morgen corrected the content of the letter, which was submitted at the same time, "wrote Powell.

"The Dominion machines have switched President Trump's votes to Mr Biden (not the other way around). These errors will be corrected in the pleading submitted with this motion," she wrote.

The error appeared on Friday in the first paragraph of the filing by Powell and another attorney, Lin Wood, who are seeking a federal appeals court for a temporary order confirming the results of the Georgian presidential election. It also called on the US District Court of Appeals to order Georgian officials "to keep all data on the Dominion system" and "allow Republican voters to examine this system in 10 counties."

The filing claims "there has been all sorts of electoral fraud" waged in Peach State, which has quickly become a red-hot political battlefield in two runoff elections that determine which political party controls the Senate.

Dominion, whose systems have been deployed in multiple states, denies the claims Powell, Trump and the legal team made in his campaign led by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Attorney General William Barr said this week that the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security "saw nothing to establish the conspiracies of the voting machines."

Powell was involved in Trump's legal team along with Giuliani and other lawyers at a press conference in late November, where she alleged that Dominion was part of an international election fraud conspiracy involving "communist money" from countries such as Venezuela and Cuba .

"Sidney Powell is a self-employed attorney. She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team. She is also not an attorney for the president in his personal capacity," Giuliani and attorney Jenna Ellis said in a joint statement.

But Powell, Wood, and others have continued to file long-term lawsuits against election results in key states, and have stepped up their conspiracy claims out of court.

At a large personal rally in Atlanta Wednesday, Wood viciously attacked Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp, calling on GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler to call for a special session of the state's legislature.

"We're not going to vote on another machine from China on January 5th!" Wood told the crowd, referring to the runoff date when Perdue and Loeffler face the challenges of Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

"Why would you go back and vote on another rigged election? For God's sake, fix it! You have to fix it before we do it again!" Wood said.

Other Republicans, including some members of Congress, have pushed back this no-election strategy and are calling on residents to vote in the runoff elections.

– CNBC's Dan Mangan contributed to this report.

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