In a written statement answering questions about her file, Ms. Ellis described herself as “a very experienced and highly qualified lawyer and expert in my field”. Any claims to the contrary “throw me in the wrong light,” she said. The Trump campaign provided the name of a federal case in which Ms. Ellis participated in 2012 when she hadn’t graduated from law school for a year. However, her name is not among the lawyers listed in the decision and the case was tried in an administrative court rather than an ordinary federal court.
A month has passed since election day. In the weeks since Mr. Trump refused to bow to the reality of his defeat, his unsuccessful attempts to convince federal judges and civil servants to undo the results have turned the nation into a once obscure cast of lawyers, lawmakers and officials Locals led election commissioners. Mrs. Ellis is a natural person in her new prominent role.
She was the focus of several public meetings with Mr Giuliani over the past week. Convened by pro-Trump Republican lawmakers, they serve no legal purpose and are essentially pared-down political rallies where the president can dispel his frustrations. In one last week in Pennsylvania and another Monday in Arizona, the President called Ms. Ellis’s cell phone and she held it near a microphone so the crowd could hear him speak.
“I find it amazing that she has gotten to this point,” said Stephanie Stout, a private practice attorney in Greeley, Colorado who worked with Mrs. Ellis several years ago to defend a man charged with attempted murder . The partnership was short-lived, Ms. Stout said, because her client fired Ms. Ellis and considered her unfit for work.
“She just didn’t have the legal problems,” added Ms. Stout, who ultimately won the case alone. “Then Jenna decided that I stole her case.”
The president’s legal efforts to overthrow the elections have slowly evaporated. Mr Trump and his Republican supporters have already lost or withdrawn nearly 40 lawsuits, leaving only a handful of cases alive in courts across the country – and, of course, the very unlikely scenario that the Supreme Court will step in to save him .