Former Trump lawyer Ellis censured for falsehoods about election

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Jenna Ellis, a former attorney for Donald Trump ‘s reelection campaign and a prominent conservative media figure, has been censured by Colorado legal officials after admitting she made repeated false statements about the 2020 presidential election.

Ellis acknowledged making 10 “misrepresentations” on television and Twitter during Trump’s fight to stay in power after losing the 2020 election to President Joe Biden, according to the censure from the office of attorney regulation counsel in Colorado, where Ellis is from. The statements include claiming on Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show on Dec. 5, 2020, that “we have over 500,000 votes (in Arizona) that were cast illegally,” and telling the conservative network Newsmax on Dec. 15 that Trump was “the true and proper victor.”

On November 20, 2020, Ellis appeared on the Newsmax show of former Trump spokesman Sean Spicer and said: “With all those states (Nevada, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia) combined we know that the election was stolen from President Trump and we can prove that.”

Ellis was one of several prominent conservative voices who, in the final weeks of 2020, echoed Trump’s claims that the election was stolen from him. Those falsehoods helped fuel the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

“Respondent, through her conduct, undermined the American public’s confidence in the presidential election, violating her duty of candor to the public,” wrote Bryon M. Large, the disciplinary judge in the case.

Ellis becomes the latest pro-Trump attorney penalized for their attempts to overturn the 2020 election. Nine lawyers in Michigan in 2021 were ordered to pay $175,000 in sanctions for a sham suit seeking to overturn the election in that swing state. The District of Columbia’s bar association disciplinary counsel

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Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis censured over 2020 election fraud ‘misrepresentations’

By Jacqueline Thomsen

(Reuters) – Jenna Ellis, a high-profile member of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s legal team that challenged his 2020 election loss, agreed to be censured by a Colorado court after admitting to making false claims about voter fraud, according to a court ruling.

Under the agreement released on Wednesday between Ellis and Colorado attorney disciplinary officials, Ellis acknowledged making 10 “misrepresentations” about the 2020 election.

The misrepresentations included saying Trump’s legal team could “prove” the election was stolen and that the results were “fraudulent,” according to the opinion by Judge Bryon Large, the state’s presiding disciplinary judge.

Ellis and the state officials agreed that the statements violated a Colorado rule against attorneys engaging in conduct “involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation,” the opinion said.

Ellis’ attorney Michael Melito in a statement said that his client “remains a practicing attorney in good standing in the State of Colorado. In a very heated political climate, we secured that correct outcome.”

Colorado’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel said the censure “reinforces that even if engaged in political speech, there is a line attorneys cannot cross.”

Ellis did not sign any of the lawsuits filed by Trump or his campaign that disputed the 2020 presidential election results, but she was regularly identified as a member of Trump’s post-election legal team.

Wednesday’s ruling said Ellis and attorney regulators agreed that “through her conduct, (Ellis) undermined the American public’s confidence in the presidential election, violating her duty of candor to the public.”

The parties also agreed that Ellis “had a selfish motive” and had “engaged in a pattern of misconduct.”

Ellis was the subject of a bar complaint filed by The 65 Project, a group that has filed ethics complaints against lawyers who alleged fraud in the 2020 election without evidence.

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Former Trump Lawyer Admits to Her Election ‘Misrepresentations’

Jenna Ellis, former legal adviser to President Donald Trump, has been publicly censured by a Colorado judge for statements she made during the 2020 election.

Presiding Disciplinary Judge Bryon Large signed the order on Wednesday stating that Ellis had acknowledged she violated Colorado’s Rules of Professional Conduct that “prohibit reckless, knowing, or intentional misrepresentations by attorneys.”

“She violated this rule when, as counsel to President Trump and the Trump campaign, she made a number of public statements about the November 2020 presidential election that were false,” read the order.

The court’s public censure for Ellis is effective immediately.

Jenna Ellis Censored for 2020 Statements
Former attorney to President Donald Trump Jenna Ellis is shown speaking during a press conference at Republican National Committee headquarters on November 19, 2020, in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, Ellis was publicly censured by a judge in Colorado for her “misrepresentations” regarding the 2020 election.
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Court documents state that Ellis agreed that she made several “misrepresentations” after Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to President Joe Biden, including many instances of Ellis claiming that the election was “manipulated” or “stolen from President Trump.”

Ellis once claimed while appearing on Fox News’ Mornings with Maria that Trump had “won in a landslide.”

“President Trump is right that there was widespread fraud in this election, we have at least six states that were corrupted, if not more, through their voting systems,” Ellis said.

In a separate appearance on Fox, Ellis said: “The outcome of this election is actually fraudulent. It’s wrong, and we understand that when we subtract all the illegal ballots, you can see that President Trump actually won in a landslide.”

The court concluded that, in total, Ellis “made 10 misrepresentations on Twitter and to nationally televised audiences in her capacity as personal counsel” to Trump, and that

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Former Trump lawyer censured for falsehoods about election

A former lawyer for Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has been formally censured by a judge after admitting she made repeated misstatements about the 2020 presidential election

ByNICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press

DENVER — Jenna Ellis, a former attorney for Donald Trump ‘s reelection campaign and a prominent conservative media figure, has been censured by Colorado legal officials after admitting she made repeated false statements about the 2020 presidential election.

Ellis acknowledged making 10 “misrepresentations” on television and Twitter during Trump’s fight to stay in power after losing the 2020 election to President Joe Biden, according to the censure from the office of attorney regulation counsel in Colorado, where Ellis is from. The statements include claiming on Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show on Dec. 5, 2020 that “we have over 500,000 votes (in Arizona) that were cast illegally” and telling the conservative network Newsmax on Dec. 15 that Trump was “the true and proper victor.”

On November 20, 2020, Ellis appeared on the Newsmax show of former Trump spokesman Sean Spicer and said: “with all those states (Nevada, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia) combined we know that the election was stolen from President Trump and we can prove that.”

Ellis was one of several prominent conservative voices who, in the final weeks of 2020, echoed Trump’s lies that the election was stolen from him. Those falsehoods helped fuel the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

“Respondent, through her conduct, undermined the American public’s confidence in the presidential election, violating her duty of candor to the public,” wrote Bryon M. Large, the disciplinary judge in the case.

Ellis becomes the latest pro-Trump attorney penalized for their attempts to overturn the 2020 election. Nine lawyers in Michigan in 2021 were ordered to pay $175,000 in sanctions for a sham suit

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Former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis censured in Colorado over 2020 statements

Jenna Ellis, an attorney who advised then-President Donald Trump as he tried to overturn the 2020 election results, was censured for misconduct Wednesday by a Colorado Supreme Court judge.

The Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel said that Ellis violated a Colorado rule for professional conduct that prohibits “misrepresentation” by attorneys.

The office said Ellis made a series of public statements about the 2020 election that were false.

“The public censure in this matter reinforces that even if engaged in political speech, there is a line attorneys cannot cross, particularly when they are speaking in a representative capacity,” the office said in a statement.

Bryon M. Large, a presiding disciplinary judge for the state’s Supreme Court, approved the censure.

In an opinion, Large said that Ellis had “repeatedly” put forward misrepresentations on national TV and on Twitter that undermined public confidence in the 2020 presidential election.

Last month, Ellis’ lawyer had filed a stipulation agreeing to a public censure of his client and acknowledging 10 misrepresentations in the aftermath of the 2020 election, including repeatedly claiming that the election was stolen from Trump.

Ellis also acknowledged misleading comments stemming from claims she made on Fox Business about affidavits from witnesses, voter intimidation and statistics that proved a “coordinated effort” to transfer votes from Trump to Biden. According to the signed stipulation, she made similar claims on Twitter.

Fox News and the Fox Corp. are facing a $1.6 billion defamation suit filed by Dominion Voting Systems over on-air claims that the company “rigged” the 2020 election.

Ellis’ stipulation also noted that while she was a member of Trump’s legal team, she was not the counsel of record for any of the lawsuits that challenged election results.

Ellis served as Trump’s senior legal adviser from February 2019

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DOJ Should Charge Trump With Manslaughter Over Jan. 6

Barb McQuade, a former U.S. attorney who served during the Obama administration, believes there is enough evidence to charge former President Donald Trump with the federal crime of involuntary manslaughter due to his inaction during the January 6 Capitol attack.

McQuade, who is also a law professor at the University of Michigan Law School, suggested in an op-ed for MSNBC that the Department of Justice (DOJ) should charge Trump with a crime for instructing a mob of his loyalists to head to the U.S. Capitol building while Congress was certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“This theory is probably a bridge too far for DOJ, but failing to call off the mob when he knew they were armed and angry makes the resulting deaths at the Capitol reasonably foreseeable,” McQuade wrote in a tweet sharing her op-ed.

Five people died as a result of the mob attacking Congress, McQuade noted. Given what Trump knew about the mob — testimony to the January 6 committee suggests he was aware that some of his loyalists were armed — “the loss of life was predictable in light of the size of the mob, their emotional state and their use of force,” trump-commit-manslaughter-jan-6-committee-doj-should-find-n1297314″she wrote.

According to federal law, McQuade went on, involuntary manslaughter requires prosecutors to prove that a person committed an act on federal property, without due care, that could result in someone’s death; this definition also applies to failures to act. Trump’s order for his loyalists to go to the Capitol, after riling them up with incendiary lies about the election being stolen from him, could fall under the definition of the law — as could his refusal to call off the mob hours after their attack began.

“Unlike most members of the public

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Ginni Thomas and the Supreme Court’s crisis of legitimacy

(Reuters) – From antitrust to zoning, I’ve written about most areas of the law – but I steer clear of immigration.

That’s because I’m married to an immigration judge.

If I wrote a column calling for immediate full citizenship for all undocumented immigrants — or for all undocumented immigrants to be immediately put in jail – I’d be concerned my opinion, fairly or not, could reflect on my spouse.

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Better to stay out of his lane.

Maybe that’s part of why I find Virginia (Ginni) Thomas’ alleged conduct related to the 2020 presidential election so off-putting.

Last week, my Reuters colleagues confirmed that Thomas, the wife of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, agreed to be interviewed by the US congressional panel probing the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

Her lawyer Mark Paoletta told Reuters that she “is eager to answer the Committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work relating to the 2020 election.”

The committee obtained emails between her and former President Donald Trump’s election attorney John Eastman, who pushed the theory that then-Vice President Mike Pence could block Congress from certifying Trump’s 2020 election loss, the Washington Post previously reported.

The Post also reported that she texted Mark Meadows, Trump’s White House chief of staff, and emailed lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin, urging them to assist in overturning the election of Joe Biden as president.

Paoletta did not respond to a request for comment from his client, nor did Ginni Thomas’ firm, Liberty Consulting. A Supreme Court spokesperson also did not respond to a request for comment from Clarence Thomas or his wife.

To be clear, I’m not suggesting Ginni Thomas, who has a JD from Creighton University School of Law, should limit

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