LICENSED to LIE: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice

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A tragic suicide, a likely murder, wrongful imprisonment, and gripping courtroom scenes draw readers into this compelling story giving them a frightening perspective on justice corrupted and who should be accountable when evidence is withheld.

Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice, by Sidney Powell, is the true story of the strong-arm, illegal, and unethical tactics used by headline-grabbing federal prosecutors in their narcissistic pursuit of power.

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Its scope reaches from the U.S. Department of Justice to the U.S. Senate, the FBI, and the White House. This true story is a scathing attack on corrupt prosecutors, the judges who turned a blind eye to these injustices, and the president who has promoted them to powerful political positions.

Hardcover, 416 pages.



Chapter 1: The Ultimate Toll

Chapter 2: The Dangerous Fuel of Public Outrage

Chapter 3: The Task Force Annihilates Arthur Andersen

Chapter 4: Wanna Buy a Barge?

Chapter 5: Nailing the Coffins

Chapter 6: Facing the Firing Squad

Chapter 7: Supreme Reversals

Chapter 8: The Longest Year

Chapter 9: BOHICA

Chapter 10: More Surprises

Chapter 11: The Department of Injustice: Polar Pen Melts

Chapter 12: The Mother of All Hearings

Chapter 13: Move Over, DOJ: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

Chapter 14: Another Try

Chapter 15: The Big Oops

Chapter 16: Truth Be Told

Chapter 17: The Beginning of the End

Chapter 18: The End of the Beginning

Chapter 19: The Last Chance

Chapter 20: Inside the Department of Injustice: The Calculated Corruption of Justice

Chapter 21: BOHICA? Or Just Over?

Chapter 22: The Bar at Its Lowest and Epilogue

About the Author

Sidney Powell served in the Department of Justice for ten years in Texas and Virginia and has devoted her private practice to federal appeals for the past 20 years. She was the youngest Assistant United States Attorney in the country when she was appointed. Later, she became Chief of the Appellate Section for the Western and Northern Districts of Texas.


“This book should serve as the beginning of a serious conversation about whether our criminal justice system continues to live up to its vaunted reputation. As citizens of a free society, we all have an important stake in making sure that it does.”–From the Foreword by Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in his personal capacity

“It would be malpractice to litigate against the Department of Justice without reading this book.”–Brendan V. Sullivan Jr., Williams & Connolly

Licensed to Lie reads like a cross between investigative journalism and courtroom drama. The takeaway is that both Bushies and Obamaites should be very afraid: Over the last few years, a coterie of vicious and unethical prosecutors who are unfit to practice law has been harbored within and enabled by the now ironically named Department of Justice.”–William Hodes, Professor of Law Emeritus, Indiana University, and coauthor, The Law of Lawyering

“When you’ve finished reading this fast-paced thriller, you will want to stand up and applaud Powell’s courage in daring to shine light into the darkest recesses of America’s justice system. The only ax Powell grinds here is Truth.”–Patricia Falvey, author of The Yellow House and The Linen Queen, and former Managing Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

“Last year four government officials demonstrably lied under oath, and nothing has been done to them–two IRS officials, the Attorney General, and James Clapper, which caused Ed Snowden to release the fact that the US is spying on its citizens and in violation of the 4th amendment. That our government is corrupt is the only conclusion. This book helps the people understand the nature of this corruption-and how it is possible for federal prosecutors to indict and convict the innocent rather than the guilty.”–Victor Sperandeo, CEO and author, Trader Vic: Methods of a Wall Street Master

“This book is a testament to the human will to struggle against overwhelming odds to right a wrong and a cautionary tale to all-that true justice doesn’t just exist as an abstraction apart from us. True justice is us, making it real through our own actions and our own vigilance against the powerful who cavalierly threaten to take it away.”–Michael Adams, PhD, University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of English Associate Director, James A. Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas-Austin


A former Justice Department lawyer, who now devotes her private practice to federal appeals, dissects some of the most politically contentious prosecutions of the last 15 years.

Powell assembles a stunning argument for the old adage, “nothing succeeds like failure,” as she traces the careers of a group of prosecutors who were part of the Enron Task Force. The Supreme Court overturned their most dramatic court victories, and some were even accused of systematic prosecutorial misconduct. Yet former task force members such as Kathryn Ruemmler, Matthew Friedrich, and Andrew Weissman continued to climb upward through the ranks and currently hold high positions in the Justice Department, FBI and even the White House. Powell took up the appeal of a Merrill Lynch employee who was convicted in one of the subsidiary Enron cases, fighting for six years to clear his name. The pattern of abuse she found was repeated in other cases brought by the task force. Prosecutors of the accounting firm Arthur Andersen pieced together parts of different statutes to concoct a crime and eliminated criminal intent from the jury instructions, which required the Supreme Court to reverse the Andersen conviction 9-0; the company was forcibly closed with the loss of 85,000 jobs. In the corruption trial of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, a key witness was intimidated into presenting false testimony, and as in the Merrill Lynch case, the prosecutors concealed exculpatory evidence from the defense, a violation of due process under the Supreme court’s 1963 Brady v. Maryland decision. Stevens’ conviction, which led to a narrow loss in his 2008 re-election campaign and impacted the majority makeup of the Senate, seems to have been the straw that broke the camel’s back; the presiding judge appointed a special prosecutor to investigate abuses. Confronted with the need to clean house as he came into office, writes Powell, Attorney General Eric Holder has yet to take action.

The author brings the case for judicial redress before the court of public opinion.


The Dan Bongino Show, April 13, 2018: Episode 698: The Case Against Mueller; Listen to Dan Bongino discuss Sidney Powell’s work and the case against Mueller.

The Conservative Cartel, March 17, 2018: “Sidney Powell on Firing McCabe and the Fairness of the Left.” Listen here.

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