Jenna Ellis Donald Trump lawyer leaves GOP; official called her
Jenna Ellis Calls Republicans 'DNC-lite' After Quitting GOP Tue, 13 Jul 2021 08:00:00 -0700-In a November email, a GOP attorney said Ellis and fellow Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani were pushing conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.
WASHINGTON – A lawyer who worked on Donald Trump’s election challenges says she is leaving the Republican Party in the wake of reports that an RNC official described her election fraud claims as “a joke.”
“The Republican Party has failed Donald Trump and true conservatives under swamp leadership,” attorney Jenna Ellis tweeted Monday about the latest dispute between Trump loyalists and GOP leadership, particularly the Republican National Committee.
In a November email, RNC chief counsel Justin Riemer said Ellis and fellow Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani were pushing nonsensical conspiracy theories about election procedures in President Joe Biden’s victory, according to a new book by author Michael Wolff.
“What Rudy and Jenna are doing is a joke and they are getting laughed out of court,” Riemer said in an email. “They are misleading millions of people who have wishful thinking that the president is going to somehow win this thing.”
Numerous state election officials and judges rejected Trump’s claims of voter fraud.
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Ellis, who discussed her decision to leave the GOP on media outlets Real America’s Voice and Newsmax, said the Riemer email proves that Republican Party officials did not fight hard enough for Trump.
Ellis, Giuliani, and allies have called for Riemer’s removal, but he remains the RNC chief counsel.
“I am leaving the Republican Party until the Republican Party comes back home to conservatives,” Ellis told Newsmax.
In a written statement to the Post, Riemer said he led the RNC’s legal team in more than 55 lawsuits on behalf of Trump’s re-election, and “any suggestion that I did not support President Trump or do everything in my power to support the RNC’s efforts to reelect President Trump is false.”
Riemer did not deny that he found other legal efforts lacked merit.
“I will say publicly now what I then said privately,” he said: “I take issue with individuals who brought lawsuits that did not serve President Trump well and did not give him the best chance in court.”
Donald Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis leaves GOP; official called her … Tue, 13 Jul 2021 08:00:00 -0700-Ellis, a legal adviser to ex-President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign, left the GOP after a report revealing RNC reservations about disputing the election.
After quitting the Republican Party in protest, Jenna Ellis, the legal adviser to former President Donald Trump, has ramped up her criticism of the party, accusing it of being “DNC-lite.”
Ellis, who worked on Trump’s 2020 election campaign, left the GOP after an email revealed a Republican National Committee (RNC) lawyer had criticized her challenge of the results of the November ballot.
It followed a report by The Washington Post which said RNC chief counsel Justin Riemer had been trying to discourage the push to promote baseless claims the 2020 election had been stolen from the Republicans, as promoted by Trump and his supporters.
“What Rudy and Jenna are doing is a joke and they are getting laughed out of court,” Riemer said in a November 28 email to former RNC official Liz Harrington, referring to Ellis and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.
In light of the Post report, Ellis announced on Real America’s Voice that she would quit the GOP and that she would not return unless RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and other members resigned.
She also questioned what happened to the “millions raised” by the RNC last year when the election challenges were playing out, saying that “the Trump team never saw a dime of that help.”
The RNC is just DNC-lite
BREAKING: @JennaEllisEsq announces she is leaving the Republican Party.“Even if I stand alone for the Truth, I will stand for the Truth.” – Jenna EllisWatch the full segment here: https://t.co/hc88hn3Ytt pic.twitter.com/Kv29y1tyQI
“As of today, I am resigning from the Republican Party,” Ellis said on Monday, adding that she had changed her party registration. “I am no longer a Republican until the party decides that it wants to be conservative again.”
“I will stand for the truth,” she added, “a compromised corrupted majority is not a majority worth being a part of.” She also took to Twitter to reiterate her criticism of the RNC.
“Conservatives are loyal to our principles and our country. Not a party that lies and plays politics,” Ellis tweeted on Monday night, “the RNC is learning that the hard way.”
In a follow-up tweet that was widely shared, she appeared to lament the ideology of the GOP, tweeting, “the RNC is just DNC-lite,” referring to the Democratic National Committee.
This message spurred a vigorous thread of comments, both criticizing her and supporting her.
The Post reported that Trump allies tried to get Riemer fired from the RNC after learning of the email.
In a statement, Riemer, who remains with the party, said that “any suggestion that I did not support President Trump” or do everything he could “to reelect President Trump is false,” the Post reported.
He added that “I take issue with individuals who brought lawsuits that did not serve President Trump well and did not give him the best chance in court.”
Newsweek has contacted the RNC for comment.
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