Jenna Ellis Pleads Guilty Georgia Case Former Trump Campaign

Jenna Ellis Pleads Guilty in Georgia Case: Inside the Former Trump Campaign Lawyer’s Legal Saga

Jenna Ellis Admits Guilt in Georgia Case

On Tuesday, Jenna Ellis, a former lawyer for the Trump campaign, admitted to a crime in connection with Georgia’s election controversy and agreed to cooperate with Fulton County prosecutors. This marks the third criminal plea in recent weeks in this high-profile case.

During an unexpected hearing in Atlanta, Ellis confessed to facilitating false statements and encouraging enthusiasm, making this an election-related offense that she and other lawyers for Donald Trump presented to Georgia lawmakers in December 2020.

She received a five-year probation sentence and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

Jenna Ellis Regrets Trump Campaign Role

In a tearful statement on Tuesday, Jenna Ellis, who distanced herself from the Trump campaign‘s extraordinary efforts to overturn the 2020 elections, expressed regret, saying, “If I knew then what I knew then, I would have chosen not to take on the responsibility of representing Donald Trump in the post-election challenges. I look back at this experience with deep regret.” Her voice occasionally breaks during the statement.

Former Trump Campaign Lawyer
Former Trump Campaign Lawyer

This development comes on the heels of former Trump campaign lawyers Sidney Powell and Lin Wood, who faced back-to-back criminal charges last week for their involvement in a scheme to create fake voters’ evidence.

Guilty Pleas

These three guilty pleas are a significant step in the Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s case, who had accused them in August and is preparing cases against Trump, his former attorney Rudy Giuliani, his chief of staff Mark Meadows, and other high-profile figures (all of whom have denied wrongdoing).

Jenna Ellis, Chesbro, and Powell have all agreed to testify on behalf of the prosecution in future trials. Together, they shed light on what was happening behind the scenes in the Trump campaign’s legal challenges in the aftermath of the 2020 elections.

Prosecutors initially brought individual charges against 19 people in a wide-scale case. So far, four have pleaded guilty.

Tearful Plea

In her tearful plea, Jenna Ellis talked about her personal “failures” and the deep regret she felt for her involvement in the post-election legal efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential elections.

“As a lawyer who is also a Christian, I take my responsibilities very seriously and strive to be a person of good ethics and conduct in all my dealings,” Ellis stated. “But after the 2020 elections, I failed in my preparation.”

“I relied on others, including many experienced lawyers, to offer truthful and dependable information, without confirming it as I should have,” she added. Indeed, the allegations against other lawyers were verified as true.

Ellis’s cooperation led to the dismissal of the two original charges, including a violation of Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a charge initially brought against Giuliani by Georgia lawmakers for presenting baseless theories of voter fraud. This happened a week after Chesbro accused Giuliani of involvement in a fraudulent elector scheme. Giuliani has denied wrongdoing.

Jenna Ellis Admits to False Statements

According to court filings, Ellis admitted to knowingly aiding and abetting the presentation of false statements in the Georgia Senate to the members of the electoral college and providing “encouragement and enthusiasm.” Her false statements included groundless claims of widespread voter fraud, including the use of fake ballots and thousands of illegal votes, including criminals, minors, and “dead people.” Both Chesbro and Powell  have denied the charges by entering pleas of not guilty.

Jenna Ellis Admits Statemenets
Jenna Ellis Admits Statements

Despite extensive investigations by Georgia’s election officials and multiple recounts, none of these allegations turned out to be true, and Trump lost the state by nearly 12,000 votes.

In exchange for Ellis’s cooperation, the prosecution has dropped the original two charges. Still, her probation and fine remain in place, and any public posting on social media regarding the case has been restricted, while pending action against any of the allegations is ongoing.

Jenna Ellis: Disciplinary and Funding Issues

In unrelated disciplinary actions in Colorado, where Ellis practices as an attorney, she confessed that many of her post-election public statements were false, including her claim of “theft” from the Trump campaign. She received a rebuke from a judge and agreed to pay more than $224,000 for disciplinary proceedings.

She is no longer associated with the Trump camp and has been vocally supportive of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the 2024 Republican presidential primaries.

After pleading guilty, Jenna Ellis expressed dissatisfaction with the financial support she received from pro-Trump groups in recent months. She raised over $216,000 through an online crowdfunding website.

Conclusion

Former Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis pleaded guilty in Georgia’s election controversy, marking the third criminal plea in a recent high-profile case. Ellis confessed to aiding false statements and encouraging enthusiasm related to election claims made in December 2020. Her emotional statement expressed deep regret for her involvement.

This follows charges against other Trump lawyers Sidney Powell and Lin Wood for creating fake voter evidence. Ellis’s cooperation led to charges being dropped, shedding light on the Trump campaign’s post-election legal efforts. The ongoing legal actions underscore the seriousness of election-related offenses.

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