Trump co-defendant Jenna Ellis pleads guilty in Georgia election case

ATLANTA— Jenna Ellis, a former lawyer for Donald Trump's 2020 campaign, pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegally plotting to overturn Trump's 2020 Georgia election loss, becoming the third Trump aide to accept a plea agreement in the massive criminal racketeering case.

Ellis, who faced two charges, including breaking Georgia's anti-racketeering legislation, pled guilty Tuesday morning to one felony count of aiding and abetting false statements and writings.

She avoids jail time by supplying evidence that could implicate other offenders and agreeing to testify in future cases. Ellis collaborated with Rudy Giuliani, another 13-charged defendant and Trump lawyer.

The plea is the first time a senior Trump advisor has been charged with lying about massive fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Ellis wept in court Tuesday morning, admitting she was deceived and no longer believes those statements.

Ellis and her attorneys Franklin and Laura Hogue listened to a prosecutor read an updated charge before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee on Tuesday.

Ellis committed to three to five years probation, 100 hours of community service, and $5,000 in reparation to the Georgia secretary of state. She agreed to write Georgia an apologetic letter.

Hall, Powell, and Chesebro taped lengthy videos addressing prosecutors' questions regarding their and others' roles in the election interference conspiracy as part of their plea agreements.

Ellis is the second co-defendant with direct Trump ties to plead guilty. After the 2020 election, Ellis, a former Fox News host hired by the Trump campaign in late 2019, appeared at news conferences with Giuliani and pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell, claiming electoral fraud.

She traveled with Giuliani to battleground states like Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, where prosecutors claim she urged lawmakers to ignore popular vote results. The Georgia indictment also cited documents she wrote for Trump explaining how Vice President Mike Pence may reverse the election.