Donald Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis leaves GOP; official called her election claims ‘a joke’

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A lawyer who worked on Donald Trump’s election challenges says she is leaving the Republican Party within the wake of reports that an RNC official described her fraud claims as “a joke.” “The Republican Party has failed Donald Trump and true conservatives under swamp leadership,” attorney Jenna Ellis tweeted Monday about the newest dispute between Trump loyalists and GOP leadership, particularly the Republican National Committee.

In a November email, RNC chief counsel Justin Riemer said Ellis and fellow Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani were pushing nonsensical conspiracy theories about election procedures in President Joe Biden’s victory, consistent with a replacement book by author Michael Wolff. “What Rudy and Jenna do maybe a joke and that they are becoming laughed out of court,” Riemer said in an email. “They are misleading many people that have the illusion that the president goes to somehow win this thing.”

Numerous state election officials and judges rejected Trump’s claims of voter fraud. Ellis, who discussed her decision to go away the GOP on media outlets Real America’s Voice and Newsmax, said the Riemer email proves that Republican Party officials didn’t fight hard enough for Trump. Ellis, Giuliani, and allies have involved in Riemer’s removal, but he remains the RNC chief counsel. “I am leaving the Republican Party until the Republican Party comes back home to conservatives,” Ellis told Newsmax.

In a written statement to the Post, Riemer said he led the RNC’s legal team in additional than 55 lawsuits on behalf of Trump’s re-election, and “any suggestion that I didn’t support President Trump or do everything in my power to support the RNC’s efforts to reelect President Trump is fake .” Riemer didn’t deny that he found other legal efforts lacked merit. “I will say publicly now what I then said privately,” he said: “I disagree with individuals who brought lawsuits that didn’t serve President Trump well and didn’t give him the simplest chance in court.”

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