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One of former President Donald Trump’s lawyers, Jenna Ellis was censured Wednesday by the Colorado Bar Association after acknowledging saying 10 misrepresentations about the 2020 election.
Among the false statements:
- Ellis told Fox Business that “ballots were manipulated”
- On Newsmax’s “Spicer & Co.” she said the lie, “we know the election was stolen”
- On Fox News she falsely claimed 500,000 votes in Arizona “were cast illegally.”
As part of her disciplinary settlement, she acknowledged the statements were misrepresentations. Bryon Large, the presiding disciplinary judge overseeing the complaint, said Ellis violated Colorado bar rules by engaging in conduct “involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.”
The advocacy groups 65 Project and States United Democracy Center filed ethics complaints against Ellis. Aaron Scherzer, senior counsel for States United, said Ellis repeatedly went on television and Twitter to “promote the reckless lie that the 2020 election was stolen.”
Ellis is among several Trump lawyers who have been disciplined or become the subject of lawsuits over their efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
States United Democracy Center filed the ethics complaint in May 2022 with the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. Large, the state Supreme Court’s presiding disciplinary judge, held a hearing March 1 on the misrepresentations Ellis acknowledged. Large said there were no comparable cases with similar facts.
“The parties agree that (Ellis), through her conduct, undermined the American public’s confidence in the presidential election, violating her duty of candor to the public,” Large said.
He ruled that her lack of prior misconduct mitigated her behavior. But he ruled she had two aggravating factors in the case: a “selfish motive and she engaged in a pattern of misconduct.”