Trump 2020 legal adviser Jenna Ellis leaving Republican Party in protest
Jenna Ellis, a senior legal adviser to former President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign, said on Monday she is leaving the Republican Party in protest following the disclosure of an email from a top Republican National Committee lawyer criticizing her efforts in challenging the results of the November contest.
Ellis made the announcement on Real America's Voice and called on RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and other members to "resign now" to create a clean slate, adding she would not return until they do.
She also questioned what happened to the "millions raised" by the RNC in November and December of last year when the election challenges were playing out, saying, "the Trump team never saw a dime of that help."
"I am leaving the Republican Party until the Republican Party comes back home to conservatives," she said during an follow-up appearance on Newsmax, on which she is a contributor.
A November email reported by the Washington Post showed Justin Riemer, chief counsel for the RNC, discouraging a staffer from posting about ballot fraud claims made by Trump's team. He called the legal endeavor led by Rudy Giuliani and Ellis "a joke" that was misleading millions of people.
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.@JennaEllisEsq: "I am leaving the Republican party until the Republican party comes back home to conservatives." pic.twitter.com/fAyIQD1Lrg
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“I led the RNC legal team in over 55 lawsuits on behalf of the President’s reelection, winning a majority of them, including the only successful post-election lawsuit. 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 said in a statement reported by the outlet. “I will say publicly now what I then said privately: 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.”
Ellis also tweeted Sunday evening it "is true" Giuliani told Riemer to resign from his post as RNC chief counsel in November after he questioned Trump's election fraud claims, according to an account in a new book by Michael Wolff. However, an RNC spokesperson said the story was "simply false."
Following her tweet, Ellis posted a screenshot of her Twitter profile showing McDaniel blocked her on the platform.
"Even if I stand alone for the truth, I will stand for the truth," Ellis said on Monday.
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The Washington Examiner contacted the RNC but did not immediately receive a response.
Liz Harrington, the RNC official who was the recipient of Riemer's email, is now Trump's spokeswoman.
“The only thing that’s a joke is the idea that Joe Biden got 81 million votes,” she said in response to the report.
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