Jenna Ellis—the attorney who served as a primary mouthpiece for former Republican President Donald Trump's Big Lie about the 2020 election—became the fourth of 19 co-defendants to plead guilty as part of a plea deal in the Fulton County Georgia RICO Act case filed by District Attorney Fani Willis.
Ellis appeared Tuesday before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee. Ellis and her lawyers asked to be able to read a prepared statement before the judge, unlike the previous three co-defendants.
You can hear Ellis tearfully read her full statement here:
Ellis began by saying:
"As an attorney who is also a Christian, I take my responsibilities as a lawyer very seriously."
The former Trump campaign lawyer stated:
"I endeavored to represent my client to the best of my abilities and relied on others, including lawyers with many more years of experience than I, to provide me with true information, especially because my role involved speaking to the media and state legislators."
"What I did not do, but should have done, was make sure the facts other lawyers alleged to be true were in fact true."
"In the frenetic pace of attempting to raise challenges to the election in several states, including Georgia, I failed to do my due diligence."
But when Ellis appeared on Newsmax on November 20, 2020, she said:
“With all those states [Nevada, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Georgia] combined we know that the election was stolen from President Trump, and we can prove that.”
In court on Tuesday Ellis stated:
"I believe in and value election integrity."
"If I knew then what I know now, I would have declined to represent Donald Trump in these post-election challenges."
"I look back on this whole experience with deep remorse."
News of Ellis' tear-filled court appearance quickly spread online.
The public however was not in a forgiving mood.
Ellis pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting false statements and writings.
Per the details of her agreement under the Georgia First Offender Act provisions, Ellis must complete three to five years probation, 100 hours of community service, pay $5,000 in restitution to the Georgia secretary of state, and write a letter of apology to the state of Georgia.
Atlanta bail bondsman Scott Hall pleaded guilty September 29 as part of a cooperation deal with prosecutors. Last week MAGA attorneys Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro pleaded guilty the day before their scheduled joint trial was to begin.
Ellis was hired as a legal adviser to the Trump campaign in 2019.
After Trump’s loss to Democrat Joe Biden, Ellis became part of his 2020 election legal team, making numerous press appearances alongside Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell to parrot Trump's Big Lie about a stolen election without any proof to back their claims.