Editor’s Note: Jennifer Rodgers is a former federal prosecutor, adjunct professor of clinical law at New York University School of Law, lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School and a CNN legal analyst. The opinions expressed here are her own. Read more opinion at CNN.

CNN —  When Sidney Powell famously threatened to “release the kraken,” she surely meant something different than what has come to pass.

Having failed to keep former President Donald Trump in the White House through allegedly illegal schemes to overturn the 2020 election results, leading to criminal charges in Georgia, Powell has released herself from the case by pleading guilty to six misdemeanor offenses and agreeing to testify truthfully against her codefendants as part of her plea deal.

To date, outside advisers like Powell, who supported plans to seize voting machines, among other things, had maintained in subpoenaed testimony that their actions were justified.

The existence of the plea deal suggests her testimony at trial will be different — and that Georgia prosecutors are not only convinced that it is credible and reliable, but also that it can help them convict other defendants in the case.

As a result, Powell’s plea could be devastating for Trump and her other former co-defendants in the Georgia election interference case. Her testimony could potentially play a significant role in the federal election interference case brought by special counsel Jack Smith as well.

The Georgia case

The most immediate impact of Powell’s plea is likely to be felt by her co-defendants in the Georgia case, starting with Kenneth Chesebro, the alleged architect of the fake electors’ plot, whose trial starts next week. Chesebro reportedly rejected a recent plea offer, according to sources who spoke to ABC; perhaps he may reconsider now that Powell has pleaded and is prepared to testify.

It’s not entirely clear, however, that prosecutors would use Powell’s testimony at Chesebro’s trial, given that the indictment does not allege that they were involved together in any specifically charged actions. Prosecutors could choose to focus more intently on the parts of the conspiracy involving Chesebro—namely, the scheme to convene alternate slates of electors to be used to disrupt the election certification process.

Powell’s cooperation is also very bad news for two other groups of defendants in the Georgia case. The lower-level defendants indicted over their actions in Coffee County, Georgia, should be very concerned about proceeding to trial with a second cooperating witness now on board, after Scott Hall, a Georgia bail bondsman reached a plea deal in September.

But more critically, Powell’s interactions with Trump and his inner circle mean that the most important names at the top of the indictment — particularly Trump, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani — could be directly implicated by her potential testimony.

Truthful testimony by Powell should include her involvement in the plans to steal the 2020 election through false public statements, frivolous litigation, the seizure of voting machines and the sidelining of Trump’s actual legal advisers in favor of Powell and others willing to do whatever it took to succeed.

Powell’s testimony should also include what Trump, Meadows, Giuliani and others said in meetings and other interactions in which the plot and its execution were discussed. This insider’s view was something that had been previously missing, and it will likely be devastating at trial.

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