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Former Trump Election Lawyer Joins Mastriano’s Insurrectionist Campaign

.The Republican nominee for governor in Pennsylvania announced on Monday that he hired one of the loudest and most visible figures in former President Donald Trump's failed attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election to stay in power.

GOP nominee Doug Mastriano brought on Jenna Ellis as a senior legal adviser for his gubernatorial campaign, saying in a statement that Ellis' "talent, experience, and legal expertise" will "be an important factor" in his race against Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro. Inside Elections, a nonpartisan political handicapping outlet, rates the Pennsylvania gubernatorial election as a "Tilts Democratic" contest.

Ellis was an integral member of the Trump campaign's legal team that sought to steal the election.

She was onstage at the now-infamous news conference the Trump campaign held at Republican National Committee headquarters on November 19, 2020, in which she described herself as a member of an "elite strike force" of lawyers working to challenge the election results in court and prove Trump's baseless allegations of voter fraud. Those lawsuits failed at nearly every level of the court system, and the campaign never proved its claims of widespread voter fraud.

Ellis was also a visible figure in the Trump campaign's strategy to hold hearings in state legislatures across the country to push baseless allegations of voter fraud.

And she reportedly authored two memos that sought to push then-Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to certify President Joe Biden's Electoral College win on January 6, 2021 — the day a pro-Trump mob mercilessly beat law enforcement as they forced their way into the Capitol to try to keep Trump in power.

Ellis is currently being sued for defamation and civil conspiracy by James Savage, the voting machine warehouse custodian in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Savage's lawsuit alleges that Ellis — along with former Trump legal adviser Rudy Giuliani and other GOP officials — falsely claimed he tampered with voting machines. As a result, Savage said he has received threats and suffered two heart attacks.

"Simply put, Mr. Savage's physical safety, and his reputation, were acceptable collateral damage for the wicked intentions of the Defendants herein, executed during their lubricious attempt to question the legitimacy of President Joseph Biden's win in Pennsylvania — an effort utterly bereft of any evidence in support thereof, as stated by a number of state and federal courts in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania," the lawsuit reads.

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attacks subpoenaed Ellis in January over her role in the plot, alleging that Ellis "prepared and circulated two memos purporting to analyze the constitutional authority for the Vice President to reject or delay counting electoral votes from states that had submitted alternate slates of electors."

While Mastriano cites Ellis' "experience" as a reason why he brought her on as an adviser to his campaign, the New York Times reported in 2020 that Ellis had never appeared in either federal or circuit courts to argue Constitutional cases.

Mastriano, for his part, is also a prominent figure in the failed effort to overturn Biden's win.

As a member of the state Senate, Mastriano tried to appoint fake Electoral College electors who would choose Trump instead of Biden, despite the fact that Biden won Pennsylvania.

His campaign paid for buses of protesters to head to Washington, D.C., for Trump's "Stop The Steal" rally. Mastriano was later photographed past the police barricades on the Capitol grounds during the violent insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021.

And he tried to push an Arizona-style "audit" of Pennsylvania's vote to try to prove the voter fraud lies.

Like Ellis, Mastriano has also been subpoenaed by the January 6 select committee.

Mastriano is now the GOP nominee for governor in Pennsylvania, where he would have the ability to overturn the results of an election if he didn't like the victor.

Last week, Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled state Senate passed a bill sponsored by Mastriano that would allow out-of-county poll watchers to challenge election officials and could lead to increased voter intimidation. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who is term-limited, will likely veto the bill.

Democrats have warned that a Mastriano victory in November could pose a threat to the future of Pennsylvania's elections.

"Doug Mastriano won't be leaving his dangerous election conspiracy theories on the campaign trail. If he wins, they'll be the cornerstone of his administration," the Pennsylvania Democratic Party tweeted. "He is a threat to our fundamental rights at every level."

Inside Elections, a nonpartisan political handicapping outlet, rates the Pennsylvania gubernatorial election as a "Tilts Democratic" contest.

Reprinted with permission from American Independent.

Federal Probe Of Fake Electors Expanding To Multiple States

Months into its expanding campaign to bring the instigators and perpetrators of the January 6, 2021 insurrection to book, the Justice Department is finally setting its sights on the slates of sham pro-Trump electors who sought to overturn then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s victory in multiple states.

A federal grand jury in Washington has in recent weeks issued several subpoenas to individuals in Trump’s inner circle reportedly linked to the sham elector plan, including Rudy Giuliani, former President Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer; Jenna Ellis, an attorney and MAGA Republican who worked with Giuliani on efforts to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence; John Eastman, a former Trump lawyer who concocted a sinister plan to throw out Biden votes and install sham electors to help Trump; and Kenneth Chesebro, an attorney who authored memos supporting the sham electors plan.

The development underscores the degree to which the broad DOJ investigation — which has netted over 800 arrests, 600 charges, 170 guilty pleas, and more defendants than any other criminal prosecution in U.S. history — is moving beyond the actual Capitol attack to look into events that led up to that day.

According to CNN, Federal investigators have spoken to Georgia Republicans about their conversations with members of Trump’s inner circle. CNN said it spoke to a Georgian who was to serve as a fake elector but dropped out. Patrick Gartland, the would-be elector, said FBI agents had visited his home.

"They just asked who talked to me. If anyone from the Trump campaign had been in touch with me. Did Giuliani talk to me? Did Trump talk to me?" Gartland told CNN.

Gartland is one of many connected to the Georgia GOP who were chosen to serve as fake electors but backed out.

Federal investigators have reached out to others connected to the GOP in Georgia, Michigan, and other battleground states seeking to determine the level of involvement, if any, the Trump campaign had with the sham electors’ submission of false election certificates, according to CNN.

Under the Republican-orchestrated alternate electors scheme, election officials in the seven crucial states submitted lists of fake, pro-Trump electors to the Electoral College and a handful of government bodies, including the National Archives and Records Administration. The officials were seeking to overturn the presidential results in some states Biden won, in favor of Trump. The effort was unsuccessful, and Biden won all seven states.

For federal investigators, the question is whether the Trump campaign and GOP in those seven states colluded to fraudulently overthrow Biden’s Electoral College win, or persuaded fake electors with the argument hat Trump’s election fight in the courts would succeed.

Submitting false statements to a federal agency, as the pro-Trump election officials did, is a federal crime. However, no one has been charged yet in the alternate electors probe.

Representatives for Trump ignored requests for comments, as did spokespeople for Giuliani and Ellis.

Newly Revealed Memo Shows Unrelenting Pressure On Pence To Cheat

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

A Trump administration memo made newly public this week reportedly offering an outline for how to overturn the 2020 election results demonstrates, yet again, the persistence of the pressure campaign foisted on former Vice President Mike Pence to go along with former President Donald Trump's Big Lie.

The memo was authored by Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis and was revealed for the first time by ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl on Sunday. The release coincides with the publication this week of Karl's book, Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show.

Ellis, Karl reports, provided a strategy for Pence to stop the election certification, starting with the vice president sending back the electoral votes of six states where Trump had insisted for weeks—falsely—that he had won.

The memo from Ellis was emailed from former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to one of Pence's senior-most aides last New Year's Eve, Karl reports. It set a deadline of January 15֫ — at 7 p.m. sharp — for the new counts to be returned.

This reported scheme and its corresponding deadline meant that Pence, if he acquiesced, would give states nine days to submit their revised totals. And further, if a state missed the deadline, Ellis wrote, then "no electoral votes can be opened and counted from that state."

Ellis argued that with the new deadline in place, neither Trump nor Biden would have the majority of votes, triggering Congress to vote in a state-by-state delegations.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat and constitutional scholar who now serves as a member of the January 6 select committee, outlined the underlying count process in October explaining then that a potential strategy to deny Biden's victory could begin with a delay or a refusal to turn over a pro-Biden slate.

After all, Republicans controlled 26 state legislatures and Democrats controlled just 22. Two legislatures were tied but, as Raskin noted last fall, "You need 26 to win."

Ellis' memo was followed just 24 hours later by a text from John McEntee to Pence's chief of staff Marc Short, inaccurately suggesting that Thomas Jefferson once "used his position as VP to win."

While Jefferson did preside over the counting of votes in 1801 as sitting vice president, as Karl pointed out: "Jefferson didn't discard electoral votes, as Trump wanted Pence to do. He accepted electoral votes from a state that nobody had questioned he had won."

The pressure campaign unfolded in public and private and led right up to the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6.

That morning, as Trump incited the crowd gathered at the Ellipse, the defeated president broadcast the message to his second-in-command loud and clear.

"If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election. Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us and if he doesn't, it will be a sad day for our country," Trump said.

Ellis' memo is the second one revealed by Karl that exposes the breadth of the pressure campaign on Pence. The first memo by John Eastman, Trump's onetime attorney, offered a strategy featuring an altogether bogus scheme that would have Pence recognize an "alternate slate" of electors.

No such electors, however, have ever been appointed and Eastman's contention also forgets that the U.S. Constitution provides no such power to the Vice President to serve as "ultimate arbiter" of the election.

Ellis, unlike Eastman, has not been subpoenaed by the January 6 select committee.

Tax-Exempt Thomas More Society Promoting Trump’s Election Conspiracies

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

Jenna Ellis, the senior Trump campaign legal adviser who you can see smugly smirking behind just about any image of Rudy Giuliani, is also special counsel to the Thomas More Society. That's a supposed national public interest law firm that focuses on "religious liberty" and regularly shows up in the Southern Poverty Law Centers' "Hatewatch" for having pretty un-Christian views toward, well, anybody but straight, white Christians.

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MAGA Lawyer Insults Trump Judge Who Tossed Their ‘Fraud’ Case

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Jenna Ellis, President Donald Trump's personal attorney and the Senior Legal Adviser to the Trump campaign is once again being mocked, this time for her near-immediate response to a unanimous 3-0 ruling against the campaign in a Pennsylvania election case.

Ellis says she and Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, have decided that the three judges, who were all appointed by Republican presidents – including the one who wrote the opinion who was appointed by Trump himself – are all part of the "activist judicial machinery" in Pennsylvania.

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Deluded Trump Regales Farcical Hearing In Gettysburg, Insisting ‘We Won By A Lot'

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

Donald Trump's efforts to discredit the election results are descending into pure parody. But Trump, who is desperate to overturn Pennsylvania's certified vote, wasn't desperate enough apparently to appear in person at a Pennsylvania state Senate committee hearing alongside his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who in recent days has had several close brushes with COVID-positive contacts, including his son, Andrew.

The Pennsylvania Senate's GOP's hearing on "election issues and irregularities," staged at a Gettysburg hotel ballroom, turned into sheer farce. Lit like vampires at twilight shortly before a nighttime feeding, Giuliani and chief campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis hunched over a microphone as Ellis held her cell to a microphone so Trump could whip up some frothy election fraud conspiracies the likes of which America has never seen—and, indeed, America still hasn't seen in the most literal sense.

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Trump Campaign Claims ’Twitter Polls’ Should Bolster Confidence

Jenna Ellis, senior legal adviser for Donald Trump's reelection campaign, cited unscientific "Twitter polls" as evidence that Trump is "doing incredibly well" against Joe Biden.

Twitter polls can be answered by any user on the social media service at random and can't be relied on to accurately assessing public opinion.

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