A Trump lawyer’s remarkable admission about her ‘stolen election’ claims

T. Belman. I still believe it was stolen. Common sense tells me so. There is no way, short of cheating, that basement Biden would have defeated Trump.

Jenna Ellis accepts censure from Colorado Supreme Court, acknowledging 10 specific misrepresentations

by March 9, 2023

Trump legal adviser Jenna Ellis speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Nov. 19, 2020.

Yet another figure who promoted Donald Trump’s stolen-election claims has backed down in the face of legal scrutiny. This time it’s the Trump campaign’s then-legal adviser, Jenna Ellis.

But even among the succession of walk-backs, this one stands out.

That’s because, as part of her censure deal with the Colorado Supreme Court in a disciplinary proceeding, Ellis actually admitted to 10 specific “misrepresentations.”

Among them:

  • Her claim to 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.”
  • Her claim of “overwhelming evidence proving this was stolen.”
  • Her claim that, “The election was stolen and Trump won by a landslide” (a version of which she said repeatedly).
  • Her claim that, “The proper and true victor … is Donald Trump.”
  • Her claim that, “We have over 500,000 votes [in Arizona] that were cast illegally.”

Ellis’s commentary broadly echoed many of the Trump team’s most frequent claims. And Ellis is now admitting that none were true.

Perhaps most notably, as part of a deal that apparently helped Ellis avoid potentially stiffer penalties (some have sought the disbarment of lawyers who promoted such claims), the document says she also agreed that she acted “with at least a reckless state of mind.” She also agreed that her actions “undermined the American public’s confidence in the presidential election, violating her duty of candor to the public.” And she agreed that she had “selfish motives” for alleging what she did, but the fact that she hadn’t faced prior discipline weighed to her benefit.

In response to the news, Ellis has sought to emphasize that she didn’t agree that she lied. Rather, she says, she was merely admitting that her claims were unintentionally false.<

“They’re now trying to falsely discredit me by saying I admitted I lied,” Ellis tweeted Thursday morning. “That is FALSE. I would NEVER lie. Lying requires INTENTIONALLY making a false statement. I never did that, nor did I stipulate to or admit that.” She noted that the standard involved cites “dishonesty, fraud, deceit, OR misrepresentation.”

Ellis’s tweeted statement walks up to the line of saying she was forced to cave to political and legal pressure. (“This is and always was political lawfare to intimidate lawyers from representing Trump or Republicans candidates,” she said in the statement.) But while asserting that she would keep fighting for her causes, she cited “having learned I can do so in media even more carefully.”

Given that explanation, it’s worth looking at the specific “misrepresentations” Ellis admitted to.

Ellis didn’t just claim the election was stolen. She contended Trump’s legal team had “testimonial and other evidence” to back that up and cited “the overwhelming evidence proving this was stolen.”

Perhaps her most pronounced claims came in a Nov. 20, 2020, appearance on the Fox Business show “Mornings with Maria” hosted by Maria Bartiromo — a host who has recently figured prominently in Dominion’s lawsuit against Fox News.

Bartiromo leaned into Ellis’s allegations, starting her show by citing “explosive claims from the Trump legal team” involving “allegedly widespread global voter fraud and a coordinated effort to change the outcome of the 2020 election.”

Bartiromo asked Ellis what evidence she had, and Ellis assured her there was plenty: “We had affidavits from witnesses, we have voter intimidation, we have the ballots that were manipulated, we have all kinds of statistics that show that this was 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.”<

But elsewhere in the interview, Ellis also suggested that the most damning evidence would have to remain secret.<

“Maria, no credible attorney is going to go out and actually show the evidence to the mainstream media to have them pick apart and especially dox witnesses, when we’ve already had this type of intimidation of our own attorneys,” Ellis said.

To put Ellis’s comments on television in the context of what she is now admitting, she’s saying the evidence that she assured viewers existed, somewhere, didn’t actually prove what she believed it did. She apparently misunderstood it. Perhaps a more public vetting would have been a good thing?

That’s a particularly stunning explanation when it comes to the last bullet point mentioned above — the one about there somehow being more than 500,000 illegal votes in Arizona. That amount would account for in excess of 1 out of every 7 votes in the state. It just wasn’t a serious claim, even before it was repeatedly confirmed that there was nothing to back it up.

These are pretty remarkable things for a lawyer to flub. But that’s what Ellis says happened. She apparently contends that she decided to allege a massive conspiracy that she now acknowledges “undermined the American public’s confidence in the presidential election,” as the court filing states — and she even reportedly drafted a plot to overturn the election on Jan. 6 in part by having Vice President Mike Pence reject the submitted electoral votes — based on misunderstandings.

But in effectively admitting that she didn’t have the goods to make such claims, she has plenty of company.<

Sidney Powell, who has been targeted for disbarment and ordered to pay for frivolous claims, has contended in the Dominion case that “reasonable people would not accept” her statements at face value. She later acknowledged that maybe the “Kraken” she promised wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

Dominion Voting Systems sued Fox News for $1.6 billion on March 26, 2021, for repeated false claims about election fraud made by the network’s hosts and guests. (Video: JM Rieger/The Washington Post)

“Millions of Americans believe the central contentions of [Powell’s] complaint to be true,” reads a filing from a case seeking the disbarment of Powell and another lawyer, “and perhaps they are.”


Even when Trump’s lawyers and their allies were taking his claims to court, they often conspicuously admitted that they weren’t actually alleging the voter fraud, dead people voting or rigged voting machines that Trump spoke about publicly. Actually proving those things seemed to be too high a bar to clear. So instead they pointed to alleged irregularities and process problems.

And those spouting or promoting the voting-machine claims repeatedly backed down or clarified in the face of legal pressure, including Fox, Newsmax, One America News and the conservative website the American Thinker.

Newsmax apologized to a Dominion employee who was invoked, acknowledging it “subsequently found no evidence that such allegations were true.” OAN settled a defamation lawsuit filed by two Georgia election workers it had spotlighted, acknowledging that an investigation showed they “did not engage in ballot fraud or criminal misconduct.” The American Thinker issued a full-throated apology acknowledging the sources it relied upon were “discredited” and saying their “statements are completely false and have no basis in fact.”

Despite this series of walk-backs, polls indicate that a majority of Republicans apparently still believe the election was stolen. They were led to believe that by many people who have now admitted — either explicitly or effectively — that they didn’t have the goods to back up their claims. And now one of them acknowledges that the case was made for “selfish” reasons.<

It was certainly a heck of a thing to be careless about, to the extent that’s what happened.

August 4, 2023 | 14 Comments »

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  1. @Michael S

    Well, suppose Mary was a virgin that received sperm from medical procedure.
    Still the question remains who was the donor of the sperm?
    Holy Ghost?

  2. Vivarto,

    BTW — concerning the other point you brought up, I found this:


    “Virgin births” have become quite the fad. When man does it, people believe it. When God does it, they don’t. Lately, these same people have been working on “eternal life”. The Bible has a name for that :”eternal damnation”.

    John Galt,

    I rejoice with you, that the “correct party” won. It’s sad, that the incorrect party usurped the White House.

  3. I’m a chief election judge in my state. I know how cheating is accomplished and there are dozens of ways to do it. There was massive fraud in the 2020 election but the correct party won, so that is that.

  4. Hi, Vivarto. You said,

    Well, it looks like they put pressure on the poor lady and she crumbled.

    I agree wholeheartedly.

    1. Ms Ellis conslstently holds and expresses strong opinions.

    2. Ms. Ellis is interrogated and threatened by Fed goons.

    3. Ms. Ellis retracts her “thought crimes”

    This is Stalinist Russia, finding a new home in America.

  5. Well, it looks like they put pressure on the poor lady and she crumbled.
    What I don’t understand is how expressing opinions can be punished?
    Is she not speak believe whatever she believes?

    I mean there are people preaching virgin birth, and they are not censured by the court, nor is there disciplinary actions.

    Now Democrats cheating in elections is clearly a possibility, virgin birth is obviously a lie, and yet people are allowed to say it.

  6. Michael 22;
    [52] Then President Trump said unto the chief swamp creatures, and captains of the White House, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?
    [53] When I was daily with you in the White House, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

  7. Peloni,

    If there were no fraud, we would simply have reviewed the election results and determined that fact rather than making it a federal crime to even speak about the election being fraudulent.

    That, and the rest of your post, are a ray of truth bursting through dark clouds 🙂

  8. I would not consider an article by Reuters objective evidence. They are part of the coverup.

    I agree with Avigdor2 and peloni1986 that if there had been no electoral fraud, there would have been no need to go to such lengths to persecute and prosecute people for identifying evidence of fraud. The cases that were dismissed were dismissed for lack of standing or because the papers weren’t filed early enough. There was no finding in these cases. That is not the same thing as fraud not being found. Trump’s attorneys could not get a judge to hear those cases that were dismissed.

    This is a full on attempt by the current government to call a lie the truth and the truth a lie.

    God does not look kindly upon liars.

  9. If you say day is night and night day, does that count as a lie or just erroneous speech? If you say the election of 2020 was not “stolen” does that mean that it was 100% without flaw? How about 50%? It is unlawful I believe and un-Constitutional to prohibit free speech in America. Why is any assertion regarding voting procedures or outcome a criminal offense and not protected by the law? Persecution from the darkest side of evil men and women who profit from denial or suppression of anything harming their selfish interests. Lawfare is king where judges refuse to hear cases that may affect their continuation in office and lawyers are threatened with disbarment. America is already on the way down under Biden and Obama and Soros and the like.

  10. If there were no fraud, we would simply have reviewed the election results and determined that fact rather than making it a federal crime to even speak about the election being fraudulent. The 2020 election was not the first election in history which was challenged, nor was it even the first presidential election challenged, and yet due to the efforts to silence any dissenting:opinions on this election, as seen by the serious legal charges manufactured against Trump, Ellis and others, this will likely be the last time ANY election result is called into question.

    Only a criminal would object to pursuing clarity when some form of irregularity is demonstrably present, and in the 2020 election, the election irregularities were nearly too numerous to quantify, but let us recall a few of the more alarming findings.

    We can look at the counting of votes behind closed doors in Atlanta, doors which were closed due to a non-existent water leak, or we can look at Jeffrey O’Donnell’s Mesa County Forensic Report #3 on the election results, election results which were literally deleted moments after the forensic copy was obtained, or we can look at the most recent report by Erich Speckin discussing that between 8-20% of all Michigan ballots were fraudulent. We could go into the hundreds of thousands of mismatched signatures in Arizona, the more than 100% voting in Wisconsin, the videos of fraud being discussed in Delaware County PA, or look at the fraudulent ballot paper which was used in multiple localities around the country. In fact, there is no rational argument which could be made to represent this election as certifiable, most notably because none of the election machines responsible for securing and accurately recording the election were actually certified as is required by law.

    Beyond this, the Chinese govt, which had a specific interest in replacing Trump with China Joe, had full access to detailed aspects of the election process, the election facilities, and the election personnel involved in the 2020 election, in multiple election venues. More than this, the Iranians, who went from being fully sanctioned by Trump to being supported by Biden, were actually caught having attempted to hack into the 2020 election process in 11 states and succeeded in at least one state by the same federal institutions which described the 2020 election as the most secure election in history.

    Regarding Jenna Ellis, she is an interesting character to be certain. Originally a Never-Trumper describing Trump as unethical and corrupt supported by narcissists, she became a born again Trumper describing him as the best president in history and a sincere Christian. Well, the tide has turned again and Jenna’s back on the Never-Trumper bandwagon today. Similarly, Jenna is now confessing to ‘misrepresentations’ about the stolen election which she previously held as factual due to a plea agreement.

    Honestly, Jenna’s self serving claims of ‘misrepresentations’ in her prior statements about the stolen election are quite irrelevant to greater facts that the election was stolen, as evidenced by the massive election fraud which is still being unveiled around the country, despite the best efforts by the bipartisan party elites to persecute anyone describing the 2020 fraud as being fraudulent.

    “Democracy dies in darkness”

  11. A recent CNN poll found:

    The poll shows 69% of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents view President Joe Biden’s win as illegitimate, which is up from 63% earlier this year.

  12. Ted,

    As far as I know, none of those cases ever heard evidence. All were dismissed on frivolous procedural grounds.

    If the election indeed were NOT stolen, the judges would not have been afraid to hear the cases.