Former Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis pled guilty to a felony count of aiding and abetting false statements and writings in connection to the Trump campaign’s 2020 election challenge after hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised for her legal defense fund.
Fulton County Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis initially charged Ellis with two counts, one of which was under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization’s Act (RICO), and the other was Solicitation of Violation of Oath Office, as Breitbart News noted.
Her legal team at Melito Law LLC established a legal defense fund for Ellis through GiveSendGo, which had raised $216,431 as of Tuesday morning.
Ellis did not immediately respond to a comment request from Breitbart News asking if she planned to return the funds as she is not going to trial and accepted the plea deal.
As of this writing, there is still an option to donate to the fund, though some on social media are calling for her to return the money.
Return the money. https://t.co/ru5OMqot2u
— Gavin Mario Wax 🇺🇸 🗽🍊 (@GavinWax) October 24, 2023
Jebba Ellis raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to “fight back” against the frivolous Fani Willis charges.
Instead, she caved quickly. Just like she did when she was threatened with disbarment in Colorado.
Jebba should do the right thing and return the money to the donors. https://t.co/ZAz4MrkcZS
— Alex Bruesewitz 🇺🇸 (@alexbruesewitz) October 24, 2023
Just days ago, Ellis posted the link to her defense fund on Twitter.
On Saturday, Never Trumper and former Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) trolled Ellis in a post on X, suggesting she “might want to plea out now” while highlighting her Twitter profile, stating she is “A servant to Jesus.”
Jesus didn’t support overthrowing elections. Might want to plea out now, everyone else has. pic.twitter.com/WfdioyizPi
— Adam Kinzinger (Slava Ukraini) 🇺🇸🇺🇱 (@AdamKinzinger) October 21, 2023
“Are you familiar with the ‘trial’ and execution of Jesus, Adam?” She responded. “You might want to actually read the Gospel and understand the history here before making frivolous claims about Christ to score twitter points. “
“And thanks for highlighting my legal defense fund!” She wrote in a follow-up post.
And thanks for highlighting my legal defense fund!https://t.co/1aWmOortu6
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) October 21, 2023
Ellis cried while she addressed the court and invoked her religion at the beginning of the statement.
“As an attorney who is also a Christian, I take my responsibilities as a lawyer very seriously, and I endeavor to be a person of sound moral and ethical character in all of my dealings,” she said, fighting through tears.
Jenna Ellis reads a tearful statement in court after her guilty plea where she throws Rudy Giuliani under the bus and says she wishes she had never gotten involved. pic.twitter.com/GFSXAlxuzs
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) October 24, 2023
“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,” she added.
Ellis said she was relying on more senior lawyers working on the challenge “to provide [her] with true and reliable information, especially since [her] role involved speaking to the media and to legislators in various states.”
Ellis said she did not corroborate the information she received from these attorneys.
“In the frenetic place of attempting to raise challenges to the election in several states, including Georgia, I failed to do my due diligence,” she said, noting she would not have represented Trump “if I knew then what I know now.”
According to Politico, she will “cooperate with prosecutors in future proceedings, serve five years of probation, pay $5,000 in restitution and write a letter of apology.”
After the indictment came down in August against Ellis, Trump, and 16 other co-defendents, Ellis joined Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Sunday to criticize the indictment.
“This is criminalizing the practice of law, and this is something that every American, regardless of whether you are pro-Trump, against Trump, love him, hate him, Democrat, Republican, anything – this is all about standing firm for not only the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental right in America to petition the government for redress,” she said.