Another of Donald Trump’s attorneys pleaded guilty due to her involvement in the 2020 election conspiracy case to change the election result in Georgia.
Here are the details of the news.
Jenna Ellis pleads guilty in Georgia Trump election case
On Tuesday, Jenna Ellis, an American conservative lawyer and a senior legal advisor to former President Donald Trump’s campaign, pleaded guilty in the Donald Trump Georgia 2020 election subversion case.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis charged Ellis and 18 others, including Trump, on August 14, 2023, for alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 Presidential election in Trump’s favour in Georgia.
In the case, Ellis, 38, had been facing criminal charges of violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and soliciting the violation of oath by a government officer. She pleaded guilty to one felony count of aiding and abetting false statements and writings.
Ellis has expressed her guilt in court, stating that she blindly believed other layers to provide her with reliable information. She was wrong in not ensuring that the received information was true.
Ellis said, “In the frenetic pace of attempting to raise challenges to the election in several states, including Georgia, I failed to do my due diligence. I believe in, and I value, election integrity.”
“If I knew then what I know now, I would have declined to represent Donald Trump in these post-election challenges. I look back on this whole experience with deep remorse.”
Ellis, the former deputy district attorney in Weld County, Colorado, has admitted that her action during the 2020 election in Georgia was unlawful and said that she has apologized before the Colorado Bar Association, which terminated her service following the indictment.
In her statement, Ellis said, “As an attorney who is also a Christian, I take my responsibilities as a lawyer very seriously, and I endeavour to be a person of sound moral and ethical character in all of my dealings.”
“In the wake of the 2020 presidential election, I believed that challenging the results on behalf of President Trump should be pursued in a just and legal way.”
Although Ellis has taken responsibility for her misconduct in the case, she previously criticized Democrats and District Attorney Fani Willis when she faced the indictment.
She posted on X (Twitter) in August, “The Democrats and the Fulton County DA are criminalizing the practice of law. I am resolved to trust the Lord.”
However, she gradually criticized Trump and said she would not vote for him again.
As part of her plea deal, Ellis is sentenced to five years of probation with $5,000 in restitution, 100 hours of community service, apologies to the people of Georgia in a written letter, and truthfully testifying in trials related to the Georgia 2020 election conspiracy case.
Ellis is the fourth defendant to plead guilty of all the 19 defendants in the case. The other three include Trump’s lawyers, Sidney Powell, Kenneth Chesebro, and Georgia bail bondsman Scott Hall.
Trump, a GOP front-runner for the 2024 Presidential election and others have not pleaded guilty to the alleged charges in the case. The former President’s legal troubles may rise amid his ongoing attempt to win the White House again as more high-profile people involved in the case begin pleading guilty and admit to testifying against him.
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