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October 26, 2023

Former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis agreed to plead guilty to one count of "aiding and abetting false statements/writings” in the ridiculous Georgia RICO case aimed at Donald Trump. In exchange, she has to do 100 hours of community service and five years’ probation, pay $5,000 restitution and agree to testify truthfully, if called.

In a tearful statement, Ellis said, “In the wake of the 2020 presidential election, I believed that challenging the results on behalf of President Trump should be pursued in a just and legal way."She claimed she was relying on more senior lawyers working on the challenge “to provide [her] with true and reliable information” but “In the frenetic place of attempting to raise challenges to the election in several states, including Georgia, I failed to do my due diligence." She said she would not have represented Trump “if I knew then what I know now.”

Okay, let’s unpack that. If she was merely repeating information she got from trusted legal sources and didn’t know it was wrong at the time, with no intent to mislead, how is that a crime? She was just wrong (if you accept the premise that the election was clean.) People say things that are wrong every day and aren’t prosecuted for it, including about elections (I could name hundreds of Democrats here.)

This sounds like the kind of deal you take when you know you aren't really guilty of a crime but you have to make a prosecutor who’s abusing her power back off and quit trying to destroy and bankrupt you. We’ve seen a LOT of those plea deals lately. 

For those who say, “You call this a frivolous case, so why are all these people pleading guilty?” I’d respond, “And what are they pleading guilty to?” If DA Fani Willis had any actual evidence of a felony-level RICO conspiracy, how come all these people are being let off the hook with penny-ante pleas to make her go away, and none of them involve conspiracy? She got what she wanted: smearing Trump associates, getting them to plead guilty to something, and in Ellis’ case, making it harder for Trump to find legal representation, which has been a major goal of the left for quite a while. Despite all these guilty pleas, the only conspiracy Ms Willis has been able to demonstrate is a conspiracy of dunces in her office.

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