Jenna Ellis, former Trump lawyer, pleads guilty in Georgia election case

Jenna Ellis, the pro-Trump attorney who boosted former President Donald J. Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud as part of what she called a legal “elite hit team,” pleaded guilty Tuesday as part of a deal with Georgia prosecutors.

During a public hearing Tuesday morning in Atlanta, Ms. Ellis pleaded guilty to a charge of aiding and abetting false statements and writings. She is the fourth defendant to plead guilty in the Georgia case, which charged Mr. Trump and 18 others with conspiring to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Mr. Trump’s favor.

Ms. Ellis agreed to be sentenced to five years of probation, to pay $5,000 in restitution and to perform 100 hours of community service. She has already written a letter of apology to the people of Georgia and has agreed to fully cooperate with prosecutors as the case moves forward.

Prosecutors last week struck plea deals with Kenneth Chesebro, the architect of the effort to deploy fake Trump voters in swing states, and Sidney Powell, one of the most outspoken members of Mr. Trump’s legal team after the 2020 election.

Late last month, Scott Hall, a bail bondsman accused along with Ms. Powell of participating in the voting equipment and data breach at a rural Georgia county elections office, pleaded guilty in the case.

Fannie T. Willis, the district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, obtained indictments in August against 19 defendants on racketeering and other charges, alleging that they participated in a criminal enterprise that conspired to interfere with Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.

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