Jenna Ellis, a lawyer and well-known conservative media figure, made a deal with prosecutors on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge related to her efforts to overturn former President Trump’s loss in the 2020 election in Georgia.
Ellis, 38, said through tears that she trusted lawyers with a lot more experience than her and didn’t check to see if what they told her was true.
“I believe in and I value election integrity,” Ellis said. “If I knew then what I know now, I would have declined to represent Donald Trump in these post-election challenges.”
However, Ellis admitted that she helped make ‘fake statements and writings.’ It was alleged that she broke Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and had asked a public officer to break the oath.
Just a few days before Ellis’s guilty plea, two other accused, attorneys Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro plead guilty to various charges, which did not include racketeering.
Chesebro pleaded guilty to a single felony charge of conspiracy to commit filing of false documents and will receive five years’ probation and a $5,000 fine, in exchange for agreeing to testify and provide documents and evidence.
Ellis reportedly agreed to be put on probation for five years, pay back $5,000, do 100 hours of community service, write an explanation letter to the people of Georgia, and testify truthfully in future cases connected to this case.
She also agrees to keep giving authorities “additional recoded statements” and papers as part of the deal. She also has to keep “fully cooperating” with the police, which means showing up at any evidence hearings where she is needed.
Ellis is the fourth defendant in the case to take a plea deal. She was an active supporter of Trump’s reelection campaign in the last election, and she was charged during Fulton County District Attorney’s racketeering case.