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Jenna Ellis, Attorney Working with Evangelical Groups, Censured for “False Statements” About 2020 Election

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“My mission is Truth, my God is the Lord Jesus Christ, and my client is the President of the United States,” tweeted Jenna Ellis in 2020. But she now admits lying while promoting claims of election fraud as part of Rudy Giuliani’s traveling “crack legal team.”

On Wednesday, Ellis finally confessed to operating from a “selfish motive” while making “misrepresentations” with “a reckless state of mind.”

She also admitted that “her conduct…undermined the American public’s confidence in the presidential election, violating her duty of candor to the public” as she promoted election fraud claims in courtrooms, in state capitols, on Christian media, and on Fox News, which is facing a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems.

Ellis’ admissions came as she was censured by a Colorado judge for a “pattern of misconduct.” She paid an administrative fee of $224. Some news outlets called the censure a “slap on the wrist” for actions some argue should lead to disbarment.

“The public censure in this matter reinforces that even if engaged in political speech, there is a line attorneys cannot cross,” said the Colorado Supreme Court in a statement.

As MinistryWatch reported last summer, Ellis has worked with a dozen evangelical institutions, including:

  • James Dobson Family Institute (she directed the ministry’s Public Policy Center before leaving to work for Trump);
  • Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute (where she remains a Fellow in Constitutional Law & Public Policy);
  • Summit Ministries (she is a faculty member and appeared on the “Dr. Jeff Show”);
  • Cedarville University (the Ohio college where Ellis once studied offers a Jenna Lynn Ellis scholarship award in her honor);
  • Focus on the Family (which cited Ellis in its Daily Citizen reports on election fraud);
  • And Liberty University’s Standing for Freedom Center (her bio says she is a Senior Fellow, and she wrote an article on “Redefining T”)

She has also appeared on a Concerned Women for America podcast questioning whether Christians should obey government authority, talked about her “quest for truth” on the Christian Broadcasting Network, worked as an allied attorney with Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, and defended John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church against COVID vaccine mandates.

None of these groups have reported on her censure or disavowed her lies.

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Ellis admitted she had been untruthful in 10 cases when she made claims of election fraud in Trump’s behalf:

  • “We know that the election was stolen from President Trump and we can prove that.”
  • “The election was stolen and Trump won by a landslide.”
  • “President Trump is right that there was widespread fraud in this election, we have at least six states that were corrupted…”
  • “We have over 500,000 votes [in Arizona] that were cast illegally … “

Ellis also faces a possible criminal indictment in Georgia, where a grand jury has investigated efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results, and she was subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 House committee.

Main photo: Jenna Ellis’s bio picture from Centennial Institute

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Steve Rabey

Steve Rabey is a veteran author and journalist who has published more than 50 books and 2,000 articles about religion, spirituality, and culture. He was an instructor at Fuller and Denver seminaries and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He and his wife Lois live in Colorado.