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Jenna Ellis, a former assistant professor at Colorado Christian University (CCU), pleaded guilty to reduced charges related to helping Donald Trump try to overturn Georgia’s election, telling a judge through tears today that she feels “deep remorse” about her actions at the time.
In taking the plea bargain and accepting a felony count of aiding and abetting false statements and writings, Ellis joins three other defendants who also pleaded guilty and are expected to testify against Trump in his Georgia trial.
Here’s a bit of Ellis’ history.
After Trump lost the 2020 presidential election, Ellis became a fixture in right-wing media, promoting baseless claims that the election was so riddled with fraud as to be illegitimate.
She even claimed fraud-tainted voting machines may have “swung” Colorado’s election, despite the fact that Colorado’s voting system is praised as a national model by Democrats and Republicans alike.
Leading up to the 2020 election, Ellis accused Democrats of using COVID to “eliminate nearly every safeguard” that would ensure safe elections.
“The Democrats are trying to use the coronavirus and the court system to eliminate nearly every safeguard in our elections, and that’s how they are not only trying to suppress the economy, but they are trying to legalize ballot harvesting, implement a nationwide mail-in ballot system, and there are so many other ways that they are trying to eliminate election integrity,” said Jenna Ellis in May of 2020 on KHOW’s Dan Caplis show (at 13 min 30 sec).
In an article after Trump lost the 2020 election, the Colorado Times Recorder’s Erik Maulbetsch outlined Ellis’ activities in Colorado prior to her becoming a high-profile Trump attorney who eventually wrote memos making the bogus argument that then-Vice President Mike Pence had the power to reject or delay the counting of electoral votes.
Those memos were of particular interest to the Jan. 6 committee, as the subpoena letter from the chair to Eliis notes.
Ellis, who hosts “The Jenna Ellis Show” on the Salem network, was censured in March of this year by Colorado’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel for “reckless, knowing or intentional misrepresentations by attorneys.” She admitted to the charge as part of the censure and retained her law license.
Ellis, who is one of two right-wing Christian leaders indicted in George with Trump, is the author of The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution: A Guide for Christians to Understand America’s Constitutional Crisis, a book that “discusses why all law is inherently moral and the legal reasons that Christians can advocate for biblical morals within Constitutional law,” according to the CCU website, which stated in 2016 that part of her work at CCU was to develop CCU’s “Legal Studies Program, geared to best prepare students for success and ministry in law school and legal practice.”
Editor’s note: This story first appeared on the Colorado Times Recorder website.