Jenna Ellis, a Donald Trump attorney who helped in his fraudulent claims about the 2020 election results, revealed in a Colorado disciplinary case that she distorted evidence at least ten times during Trump’s frantic bid to reverse his defeat.
“Respondent made these misrepresentations on Twitter and on various television programs, including Fox Business, MSNBC, Fox News, and Newsmax,” Colorado’s top disciplinary judge Bryon Large wrote in a six-page opinion.
“The parties agree that by making these misrepresentations, Respondent violated [a state attorney rule of conduct], which provides that it is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.”
Ellis was publicly reprimanded by Huge for her stipulated behavior.
Ellis is the latest Trump lawyer to be involved in the former president’s post-election disciplinary efforts. Rudy Giuliani’s license has been temporarily suspended, and he is awaiting the outcome of a bar discipline action in Washington, D.C. In California, John Eastman is preparing for disciplinary actions. Yet while seeking to take the case to federal court, Jeffrey Clark has temporarily halted bar discipline proceedings against him in Washington.
Yet, Ellis is the group’s first attorney to admit she misrepresented the evidence of fraud. Among her admitted misrepresentations:
— Ellis claimed on Nov. 13, 2020, that Hillary Clinton didn’t concede the 2016 election.
— On Nov 20, 2020, Ellis claimed Trump’s team had evidence of a “coordinated effort in all of these states to transfer votes either from Trump to Biden, to manipulate the ballots, to count them in secret.”
— On Nov. 30, 2020, Ellis said on Fox that Trump “won in a landslide.”
— On Dec. 5, 2020, Ellis claimed the Trump team found 500,000 illegal votes had been cast in Arizona.
Both Ellis’ attorney and the disciplinary attorneys who brought the case against her acknowledged that there was no precedence for the case against Ellis – an effort to aid a sitting president’s quest to destroy trust in the American electoral system.
Huge pointed out that Ellis was not Trump’s lawyer of record in any election-related cases. He did, however, point out that Ellis confessed her conduct breached “her duty of candor to the public.”
“The parties agree that two aggravators apply — [Ellis] had a selfish motive and she engaged in a pattern of misconduct — while one factor, her lack of prior discipline, mitigates her misconduct,” Large determined.