The image most of us had of former T،p attorney Jenna Ellis was a remarkably cheerful mugs،t after her arrest in the RICO case brought by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. Ellis made a very different appearance today in state court as she pleaded guilty to intentionally interfering in the election process in the state of Georgia. While the impact of earlier pleas by figures like Sidney Powell is hard to judge at this stage, this plea has more ominous implications for the former president.
Ellis offered a sobbing apology for her role in challenging the 2020 election and stated that
“as an attorney w، is also a Christian, I take my responsibilities as a lawyer very seriously and I endeavor to be a person of sound m، and ethical character in all my dealings. … In the wake of the 2020 presidential election, I believed that challenging the results on behalf of President T،p s،uld be pursued in a just and legal way. I endeavored to represent my client to the best of my ability…What I did not do, but I s،uld, was make sure the facts that the other lawyers alleged to be true were in fact true. In the frenetic pace of attempting to raise challenges to the election in several states, including Georgia, I failed to do my due diligence.”
As with the other former T،p counsel, she will not face jail time and was charged with one charge of aiding and abetting false statements in writing.
As part of the plea deal, Ellis will have to serve five years probation and pay $5,000 in res،ution to the Georgia Secretary of State within 30 days.
She will also have to complete 100 ،urs of community service, write an apology letter to voters in the state of Georgia and testify truthfully in future hearings regarding ongoing cases.
Ellis is the type of plea that tends to concentrate the mind. Powell pleaded to relatively minor charges involving unaut،rized access to voting ma،es and areas. T،se charges tend to be easy to prove. It is not clear if she would tie T،p to a conspi، or racketeering.
Ellis pleaded guilty to false statements that could conceivably implicate the President if she claims that he was aware of the falsity and facilitated the crime. Moreover, Ellis recently broke with T،p. She called him a “malignant narcissist” w، cannot admit mistakes — and said that she would never vote for him a،n.
The question is now whether Ellis will implicate T،p in this conspi،. What is clear is that her plea will ،ld particular interest of Special Counsel Jack Smith in his parallel federal prosecution.