Jenna Ellis, who served as a senior legal adviser for the 2020 campaign of then-President Donald Trump, broke down in tears while reading a prepared statement in court as she pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in her Georgia election fraud case.
Ellis pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting false statements and writings.
“As an attorney who is also a Christian, I take my responsibilities as a lawyer very seriously and I endeavor to be a person of sound moral and ethical character in all of my dealings,” she said.
“I believed that challenging the results on behalf of President Trump should be pursued in a just and legal way,” Ellis continued. “I failed to do my due diligence.”
As part of the plea deal, Ellis will serve five years of probation and is ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution. She must also perform 100 hours of community service and pen an apology letter to the people of Georgia.
Former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis broke down in the courtroom and said if she knew what she knows now, she would not have represented him. WATCH pic.twitter.com/ASi8jZIYfa
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) October 24, 2023
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Ellis Pleads to Lesser Charge
While five years of probation is nothing to diminish, Ellis had been facing far more serious charges in the indictment brought forth by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis following an investigation into alleged efforts to “overturn” the 2020 presidential election.
The Fulton County Superior Court indictment list shows that Ellis had faced two felony charges – including a Violation of the Georgia RICO Act and Solicitation of Violation of Oath by a Public Officer.
Guilty verdicts for those charges would have been significantly more burdensome, with the RICO charge alone amounting to a potential prison term of between 5 and 20 years.
Instead, she gets hit with a charge for false statements regarding the Peach State’s election results.
God is good all the time. Even in the midst of an evil world.
Psalm 91. ❤️
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) October 24, 2023
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Ellis becomes the fourth co-defendant and third attorney to plead guilty in the Georgia election case. Each pleaded to reduced charges, including “Kraken” lawyer Sidney Powell and attorney Kenneth Chesebro, both of whom will pay fines and spend several years on probation as well.
Ellis’ guilty plea comes just three days after getting into a public spat with former Representative Adam Kinzinger in which she touted her legal defense fund, compared her situation to the trial of Jesus, and solicited followers for donations.
And thanks for highlighting my legal defense fund!https://t.co/1aWmOortu6
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) October 21, 2023
RELATED: Trump Lawyer Jenna Ellis Quits The Republican Party During Live Broadcast
Bad News For Trump In His Georgia Election Case?
Media and left-wing pundits have been celebrating the plea deals of Trump’s former lawyers as evidence that the Republican frontrunner is himself in legal peril.
The Trump indictment is on 13 counts, including violating the Georgia RICO Act, Conspiracy to Commit Impersonating a Public Officer, Conspiracy to Commit Forgery in the First Degree, and Conspiracy to Commit False Statements and Writings.
However, it is worth noting that not one of these plea deals has led to jail time, and not one defendant has been forced to plead guilty to the most serious violation – the RICO charges.
It seems highly unlikely that Trump would not be given a similar arrangement as a worst-case scenario. He’s not going to jail, folks. At least not in the Georgia case, which would be the only one in which a presidential pardon wouldn’t come into play.
As for probation, don’t kid yourself. He’d love the attention. They’ll have the biggest and best probation parties at Mar-a-Lago, catered with the greatest taco bowls from Trump Tower.
If you wonder why they want to put Trump in Jail for more than 1,000 years
Here is your Answer 👇 pic.twitter.com/uQ7Bk9FZKT
— Freedom 🇺🇸🦅 (@PU28453638) October 23, 2023
Ellis had been a strong proponent of fighting alleged election fraud following the 2020 presidential election, even hammering former Trump Attorney General Bill Barr for doing “enough sitting down on the job” when it came to investigating the claims.
Maybe you should sit down now, Bill. You certainly did enough sitting down on the job. https://t.co/TcwdFNw97j
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) December 21, 2020
She went so far as to quit the Republican Party during a live broadcast following claims that the Republican National Committee (RNC) had questioned electoral fraud claims and failed to support Trump enough on a variety of matters.
BREAKING: @JennaEllisEsq announces she is leaving the Republican Party.
“Even if I stand alone for the Truth, I will stand for the Truth.” – Jenna Ellis
— Real America’s Voice (RAV) (@RealAmVoice) July 12, 2021
Regarding false statements, the brain trust behind these charges in the Georgie election fraud case has her own history of election denialism.
Social media posts show Willis making multiple statements questioning the 2020 presidential election. This is rich, considering the indictment against Trump includes social media posts as evidence to further a plot to cast doubt on the election process and results.
A dive into Fani Willis’ social media proves that she is a hardened, radical activist — not an unbiased “attorney.”
Fani’s pages are littered with BLM propaganda and deep partisan adherence to left-wing ideology.
She openly worships Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. pic.twitter.com/3MEzp3YHVc
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) August 24, 2023
Trump, meanwhile, has insisted he and his team have “irrefutable” evidence that will lead to his “complete exoneration” following his indictment.
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