The hits just keep coming for those who have denied the validity of the 2020 presidential election. Former President Donald Trump's former senior legal adviser, Jenna Ellis, has been slapped with a $1.3 million lawsuit for her role in spreading false claims of voter fraud.
The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, accuses Ellis of conspiring with Trump and other top aides to “undermine the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election by disseminating false and misleading information about the election results.” The suit was filed by a group of prominent election law experts, who are seeking damages for lost income from speaking engagements and other professional opportunities that were canceled after Ellis spread false claims about the election.
The lawsuit is the latest in a string of legal actions taken against Trump administration officials and associates who have denied the 2020 presidential election results. Trump himself has been sued by several states and organizations for his role in perpetuating false claims of voter fraud. Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and former U.S. Attorney General William Barr are among those who have been named in lawsuits for their role in spreading false information about the 2020 election.
For Ellis, the lawsuit is a further blow to her reputation as a respected attorney. She had previously worked on Trump's legal team during the 2020 election, and had defended his false claims of widespread voter fraud. She had continued to spread false information after the election, and even appeared on Fox News to spread false claims about the election.
The lawsuit also serves as a warning to other Trump allies and supporters who have denied the validity of the 2020 election results. The legal action taken against Ellis and other election-deniers shows that a person's speech can have real-world consequences. The lawsuit is a reminder that those who spread false information about the 2020 presidential election are not immune from the law, and that the consequences of doing so can be severe.