What Will It Take To Wipe That Smirk Off Jenna Ellis’ Face?

Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis.

Local attorney Jenna Ellis, who rose to a dubious kind of fame from relative obscurity as a Colorado Christian University instructor with little real-world legal experience joining the team of lawyers working on now ex-President Donald Trump’s behalf to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election by any means necessary, has built a reputation for…well, smugness in the face of increasingly serious allegations against her. When subpoenaed by the Select Committee investigation into the January 6th insurrection, Ellis cracked that “the committee is just mad they can’t date me.”

But as the AP reports, Ellis lost a court battle yesterday over whether she should be compelled to testify before a grand jury in Georgia investigating Trump’s attempts to coerce local officials into overturning the results of the election:

In the petition seeking Ellis’s testimony, [Fulton County DA Fani] Willis identified her as “an attorney for the Trump Campaign’s legal efforts seeking to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.”

Ellis appeared with Giuliani at a Dec. 3, 2020, state Senate committee hearing at the Georgia Capitol during which false allegations of election fraud were made, Willis wrote. She also wrote at least two legal memos to Trump and his attorneys advising that then-Vice President Mike Pence should “disregard certified electoral college votes from Georgia and other purportedly ‘contested’ states” when Congress met to certify the election results on Jan. 6, 2021, the petition says.

Evidence shows that Ellis’s actions were “part of a multi-state, coordinated plan by the Trump Campaign to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere,” Willis wrote.

In May, a DC-based legal watchdog group filed a complaint with the Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel summarizing Ellis’ role in Trump’s coup plot and asking for Ellis’ Colorado law license to be suspended like Ellis’ former boss Rudy Giuliani’s law license was suspended in New York. Unfortunately, Colorado’s attorney oversight does not appear based on a number of recent unpursued complaints to be nearly as robust as New York’s–which we hope doesn’t become common knowledge among the Saul Goodmans of the world.

But as we know today, attorney oversight is not the only path to accountability for Jenna Ellis. Ellis lied to a lot of people in a lot of places in a brazen, unprecedented attempt to subvert American democracy. Society should not reward Ellis with cash and prizes and TV news appearances for that, but since January 6th, 2021 Ellis has prospered even while her co-conspirators face the heat.

That needs to end. Hopefully, this is the first step.

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  1. Early Worm says:

    What will wipe that smirk off of Ellis' face? Criminal charges. At this point, the most likely candidates are the various voting machine data breaches. If she was involved in obtaining this protected information, disseminating it, or otherwise assisting in the efforts to "hack" secure voting systems, she is in real jeopardy.

    I think her liability for the memos is much murkier. If a tax lawyer advises her client on tax strategies that are inventive/cutting edge/dubious, but not fraudulent, and the client acts aggressively on that advice, the lawyer is not legally liable if the IRS ultimately rejects the strategy. On the other hand, if a lawyer instructs or advises her client to break the law, she is a co-conspirator.  Was she advising Trump to do something she thought might have some chance of working, even if it was remote, or was she providing him cover for something that she knew or should have known was illegal? 

     

    • JohnInDenver says:

      I expect investigation to see if Ellis offered legal advice to those forming their own Electoral College slates and getting certificates submitted as if they were "real" is a likely point for criminal action.  I've not heard that her memorandum was distributed — Eastman's seems to have been the preferred option.

  2. skeptical citizen says:

    Orange jumpsuit in the greybar hotel would be perfect

  3. COgator95 says:

    The pending indictment from Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis will wipe the smirk right off Jenna's mug and it will be glorious to see.

    • notaskinnycook says:

      I think so, too. The letter to Brian Kemp that MichaelBowman posted about in this morning’s Open Thread tells you that Fani Willis isn’t letting up. She’s going to bring a hammer down on all of those dirt clods. If they’re not afraid of her yet, to paraphrase Yoda, “They will be.”

  4. Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

    Who wouldn't want to be a fly on the wall during the appearance before the grand jury today of the gassy one with the melting, shellacked-on comb over.

  5. kwtree says:

    Jenna Ellis testified before Willis’ grand jury in Georgia yesterday. They grilled her about her role in the “alternate fake electors” scheme. I haven’t seen any reporting on how that went down.

     

    Ellis’ new boss, PA GOP gov candidate, insurrectionist and racist slimebag  Doug Mastriano, appeared before the Jan 6 committee, but left after 15 minutes before taking the oath. 

    Correct link for Ellis grand jury appearance: https://youtu.be/gQWL8g-1jMU

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