A Colorado judge on Tuesday ordered attorney Jenna Ellis, who represented the 2020 Trump campaign, to testify before a special grand jury in Georgia set up to investigate alleged “criminal disruptions” of the general elections that year.
Judge Gregory Lammons of the Eighth Judicial District Court of Colorado approved the request by a Fulton County judge for Ellis to testify in the special grand jury taking place in Georgia. Ellis may appear between July 12 and Aug. 31.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, a Democrat, requested the special purpose grand jury to investigate alleged “attempts to disrupt the lawful administration of the 2020 elections in the State of Georgia.”
Ellis was subpoenaed in July, having been identified as “an attorney for the Trump Campaign’s legal efforts seeking to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.”
The subpoena notes that investigators believe Ellis can shed light on evidence of alleged election fraud presented to Georgia lawmakers in December 2020, legal memos Ellis authored related to contested election results, and further assertions Ellis made about evidence of alleged election fraud in Georgia.
Ellis’s testimony is also “anticipated” to “reveal additional sources of information” related to alleged criminal misconduct related to the 2020 general elections, according to the subpoena.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has also been ordered by U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May, an Obama appointee, to testify before the special grand jury.
According to the subpoena (pdf), Ellis is a material witness who “possesses unique knowledge concerning the origin of numerous claims of election fraud alleged in legal filings and to the public” by the attorney as well as former President Donald Trump and others.
The subpoena states that Ellis authored memos advising that then-Vice President Mike Pence should disregard certified electoral college votes for states like Georgia where the results were at the time being contested.
Ellis and others from the Trump campaign appeared before the Georgia state Senate on Dec. 3, 2020, where they put forward evidence of alleged election fraud, according to the subpoena.
“At that hearing, witnesses provided testimony and documentary evidence purporting to demonstrate the existence of election fraud in multiple Georgia counties during the administration of the November 2020 election,” the subpoena states.
Ellis presented a video recording at the hearing “of election workers at State Farm Arena in Atlanta that purported to show election workers producing ‘suitcases’ of unlawful ballots from unknown sources, outside the view of election poll watchers.”
The video was said to be “debunked” by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office the day after Ellis presented it as evidence, according to the subpoena.
The subpoena paints Ellis’s appearance before the Georgia state Senate and the writing of the memos as part of a “multi-state, coordinated plan by the Trump campaign to influence the results of the November 2020 elections in Georgia and elsewhere.”