Jenna Ellis, an attorney on President Donald Trump’s Elite Strike Force Team, was a prosecutor in a traffic court prior to her release and paid no legal fees. A number of profiles revealed them.
36-year-old Ellis rose to fame on Fox News as he defended the president before joining his legal team’s efforts to overturn the election.
She has been subject to profiles in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal who questioned her as a “constitutional attorney” and followed her rapid rise from the Colorado legal system to defense lawyer.
The plays challenge her qualifications as electoral attorney as Trump and his team allege electoral fraud for which they are not yet required to provide evidence, and seek to dismiss the results.
Jenna Ellis, an attorney on President Donald Trump’s Elite Strike Force Team, was featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal of her rapid advancement
Jenna Ellis moved from Colorado prosecution to Trump’s legal team and stood by Rudy Giuliani during a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters last month
President Donald Trump attended a hearing-style event in Pennsylvania last month where attorney Rudy Giuliani brought charges of election fraud and Jenna Ellis put her cell phone to the microphone so Trump could speak in front of the panel
Ellis has not appeared in a courtroom for President Trump, who has lost most of his litigation, but she was at the side of Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, at the now infamous press conference on the Republican National Committee when what appeared to be hair dye spilling his cheeks . The team figured out as the “Elite Strike Force Team”.
At that press conference, Ellis resisted the demand for actual evidence of electoral fraud, saying, “Your question is fundamentally flawed in asking where the evidence is.”
She was also present at a listening style event in Pennsylvania last month where President Trump called her cell phone so he could speak to the panel while she held it to a microphone.
According to Federal Election Commission records, she received nearly $ 140,000 from the Trump campaign in October for something called legal advice.
Four years ago, Ellis was a young Colorado attorney practicing in county courts and teaching law at Colorado Christian University, a local Christian university with no law school.
“I am the Cinderella story of the legal world,” she told the Journal.
But she didn’t seem happy with the profile after running and tweeted: ‘. @WSJ purposely left out important details about my work experience and peer awards to pretend I had stepped straight from the low-level “traffic court” to being the president’s attorney. I have a pretty cool story and God is good, but THAT would have been amazing! ‘
President Donald Trump noticed Jenna Ellis when she appeared on Fox News to defend him and urged his campaign to stop her
In her online bios, Ellis calls herself “a veteran defense attorney who was a former State Department attorney and Colorado prosecutor” and has been billed as a constitutional law expert in a number of opinion pieces she wrote for the conservative news agency Washington auditor.
Her Instagram account is full of happy selfies from her TV appearances, travels with Air Force One, and visits to the White House.
A review of her pieces for the examiner reveals that she was a passionate defender of Trump during the impeachment process. She wrote that “Democrats failed to deliver the goods,” arguing that impeachment does not mean the president is guilty.
She is described as a “constitutional lawyer” in her articles and television appearances, but the journal’s search in the PACER federal court database does not reveal her as a lawyer in any federal case.
And Ellis can’t practice attorney in federal court in Colorado because she didn’t pay a fee that the court charges attorneys there.
In 2012, she only served six months as a district attorney in Weld County, Colorado, where she handled traffic cases and other misdemeanors, according to the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.
She was fired from this job and then worked as a Colorado criminal defense attorney in several small local practices.
“I was just as surprised as most people to see her standing next to Trump and Rudy Giuliani,” Chad Zito, a lawyer who had worked with her on multiple cases in the state, told The Journal. “She rose quickly, that’s for sure.”
Ellis built her national profile through conservative Christian legal circles. She is the author of a book, The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution: A Guide for Christians to Understanding the Constitutional Crisis in America.
She worked for James Dobson, the evangelical leader, and appeared on Denver radio as a legal commentator. She presented her work with Dobson, her book and her local appearances on the national scene.
The President noticed them when he noticed their appearances on Fox News as they defended him.
Ellis told The Journal that she received a call from a Washington, DC area code in the fall of 2019 that she put on voicemail.
It was the White House. She then spoke to President Trump for an hour.
“He invited me to the White House and said, ‘I think you are a brilliant lawyer and I want to meet with you,” she said.
Trump told his campaign to stop them.
Her title was Senior Legal Adviser, but there have been reports of conflicting with the President’s core team.
She and Giuliani were part of an internal campaign to take control after Trump refused to allow the election despite Joe Biden winning the electoral college. Both attorneys have been public in their belief that the results can be overturned in favor of the president.
But recounts have confirmed Biden’s victory and most states have their election results confirmed as the electoral college prepares to meet on December 14 to confirm the election.
Jenna Ellis’ Instagram is full of photos of herself at the White House
She also writes about her TV appearances
The New York Times reported that Ellis’ records show nothing since graduating from the University of Richmond in 2011, which shows how much time she has spent litigating electoral law cases.
White House staff have expressed concern about Ellis.
She was seen as an uncontrollable figure within the campaign that frequently provided President Trump with questionable information about suspected election fraud.
And it appeared on television without soliciting campaign officials’ approval, Washington Post officials said.
She called herself “President-elect Jenna Ellis” on Twitter.
And she hasn’t always been a passionate Trump supporter.
During the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, she called Trump an “idiot”, a “bully” and agreed that he was someone who wanted to “destroy American democracy.”