WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday, Oct. 24, Jenna Ellis, who served as an attorney for former President Donald Trump during his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, pleaded guilty to a single felony count of aiding and abetting false statements and writings.
As part of a plea deal with prosecutors in the Fulton County election subversion case, Ellis, who just last month insisted she was innocent, must serve five years probation, complete 100 hours of community service, pay $5,000 in restitution, write an apology letter to the citizens of Georgia and testify in future trials of co-defendants in the case. She is also barred from any contact with the other co-defendants in the case. She had previously faced two charges: violation of the Georgia RICO Act and solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer.
In tearful court remarks, Ellis claimed, “If I knew then what I know now, I would have declined to represent Donald Trump in these post election challenges,” and admitted that she “failed to do” her due diligence.
Ellis is the third former Trump lawyer to reach a plea deal in the last week. Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell were scheduled to go to trial together on Monday, but both reached an agreement with prosecutors late last week.
During Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, Ellis was one of his most public facing lawyers and part of a self-described “elite strike force” that included Rudy Giuliani and others. She baselessly alleged widespread electoral fraud at multiple press conferences, urged state legislators in numerous states to reject the election results in televised hearings and drafted two memos falsely claiming that former Vice President Mike Pence could overturn the election results.