Legal Issues Continue to Plague Trump, Including Investigations and Lawsuits Over 2020 Election and Capitol Riot
Attorney Jenna Ellis has been publicly censured by her state Bar Association for violating lawyers' code of conduct by making false "misrepresentations" about the 2020 election while representing former President Donald Trump. Ellis admitted in court that her claims about the election being "stolen" weren't true. She is the latest in a string of lawyers who are facing consequences for their work with Trump in his efforts to overturn the election results.
Other lawyers who have faced disciplinary action or legal challenges for their work with Trump include Sidney Powell, John Eastman, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Cohen, Alina Habba, Jeffrey Clark, and Cleta Mitchell. Several ethics complaints have also been filed against other lawyers who aided Trump's efforts to overturn the election.
Trump and his allies filed approximately 60 court cases in the aftermath of the 2020 election seeking to change its outcome, ultimately losing all but one case, which was a minor dispute in Pennsylvania that did not impact the overall results. Since leaving office, Trump has faced numerous lawsuits over his alleged role in the January 6 riot at the Capitol building, ongoing federal and county investigations over the 2020 election, the DOJ's probe into the documents at Mar-A-Lago, James' lawsuit against the Trump Organization, a Manhattan investigation into his and his company's financial dealings, and a defamation lawsuit from writer E. Jean Carroll, among other litigation.
Trump's attorneys have largely denied wrongdoing and opposed efforts to punish them, with the exception of Cohen, who pleaded guilty to his crimes. While some lawyers, like Ellis, have admitted to making false claims about the election, others have disputed the charges against them and claimed they are being targeted for political reasons.
The legal challenges and disciplinary actions against Trump's lawyers reflect the larger controversies and disputes that have emerged from the 2020 election and its aftermath. As investigations and legal cases continue, it remains to be seen what the ultimate outcome will be for Trump and those who supported his efforts to overturn the election results.
Jenna Ellis isn’t the only Trump lawyer and advisor facing bar and court consequences for violating legal ethics and abusing the judicial system.