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Trump Didn’t Intend to Leave the White House ‘Under Any Circumstances’ After Losing 2020 Election
ABC News has obtained a video from Jenna Ellis meeting with Georgia prosecutors in proffer sessions to discuss her recent plea deal, Mediaite reports. Ellis, a former Donald Trump election attorney allegedly told prosecutors that she had been informed that the then-president was not going to leave the White House, even though he lost all of his challenges in the 2020 election.
“In the video of prosecutors’ October 23 proffer session with Ellis, she said that one of Trump’s top White House aides, Dan Scavino, allegedly told her ‘in an excited tone’ at a White House Christmas party weeks after the 2020 election that ‘the boss is not going to leave under any circumstances,” ABC’s Olivia Rubin and Will Steakin reported.
Also noted in the report: Scavino’s comments “came in response to her apologizing over the lack of success with their election challenges in court, culminating with a Supreme Court loss that indicated their ability to challenge the election ‘was essentially over.'”
It wasn’t long before Ellis became a household name — she was one of his key lawyers paid to contest the election, earning a whopping $195,000 from Trump’s campaign between 2019 and 2021. She’s since announced publicly that she regrets her work on his behalf.
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According to the report, Ellis also told prosecutors:
“And he said to me, in a kind of excited tone, ‘Well, we don’t care, and we’re not going to leave. And I said, ‘What do you mean? And he said ‘Well, the boss,’ meaning President Trump — and everyone understood ‘the boss,’ that’s what we all called him — he said, ‘The boss is not going to leave under any circumstances. We are just going to stay in power.”
ABC reports that Ellis informed prosecutors about Scavino telling her this during a conversation on December 19th, 2020.
“And I said to him, ‘Well, it doesn’t quite work that way, you realize?’ and he said, ‘We don’t care,'” Ellis said.
Late last month, Ellis pled guilty to one count of aiding and abetting false statements and writings. And of course, she, Trump, and 17 other co-conspirators were indicted on charges related to an expansive and reportedly illegal conspiracy to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.
Bradley Moss, a national security lawyer had this response to the report, writing on X, “This is devastating in my view. Trump never had any intention of complying with the election results. He was told repeatedly in the presence of a convicted co-defendant that he had lost. He ignored it and conspired with his lawyers to overthrow the election anyway.”
This is devastating in my view. Trump never had any intention of complying with the election results. He was told repeatedly in the presence of a convicted co-defendant that he had lost. He ignored it and conspired with his lawyers to overthrow the election anyway. https://t.co/kJFe01fgVo pic.twitter.com/52BOCXgIIj
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) November 13, 2023
Either Ellis lacks common sense, which should have told her to jump the sinking ship since she had to know what Trump was doing was illegal, or she was blinded by her own greed. I’m not sure which.
I’m glad she’s flipped on her former boss. It will be interesting to see how much more we’ll find out and how all this will play out.
EXCLUSIVE: ABC News has obtained video from Georgia prosecutors' interview with ex-Trump attorney Jenna Ellis, in which Ellis tells them she was personally informed by a top Trump adviser that Trump was "not going to leave" the White House — despite losing the 2020 election.… pic.twitter.com/J9c4bm9cbZ
— ABC News (@ABC) November 13, 2023