Jenna Ellis, Trump Lawyer, Checks Constructive for Coronavirus
Jenna Ellis, a senior legal advisor to President Trump, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a White House official familiar with the situation. She is the latest in a series of officials linked to Mr. Trump who have tested positive.
Ms. Ellis has appeared in public hearings over the past few weeks along with Rudolph W. Giuliani and fellow Trump attorneys – a group Ms. Ellis has referred to as the “elite strike force team” making false claims by the president amplified widespread electoral fraud.
Mr Giuliani, the senior attorney for the president’s efforts to overturn the election results, confirmed over the weekend that he had tested positive for the virus and a person who was aware of his condition but was not allowed to speak publicly This then said he had been hospitalized at Georgetown University Medical. At 76, Mr. Giuliani belongs to a high-risk category. Mr Trump said on Monday that he had spoken to Mr Giuliani and that he was “very good”.
Ms. Ellis was photographed alongside Mr. Giuliani last week on Wednesday during a hearing before the Michigan House Oversight Committee. It wasn’t immediately clear if she had any symptoms or what type of test she had taken. Ms. Ellis posted on Twitter throughout Tuesday, sharing a statement attributed to her and Mr. Giuliani of their legal efforts. She did not reply to a message seeking comment.
Ms. Ellis was a frequent guest on cable news aggressively defending Mr. Trump when he was exposed to investigations and impeachments. She presents herself as a constitutional attorney, but according to national databases of federal cases, she has never appeared before a federal district or district court where most constitutional issues are examined. In no case does it appear to have played an important role beyond the criminal and civilian work in Colorado.
Ms. Ellis’ most recent work appears to have been largely in public relations. The Trump campaign and its supporters have so far filed around 50 election lawsuits. She didn’t sign her name or appeared in court to argue with someone.
More than 40 members of Mr Trump’s administration, campaign and inner circle have contracted the virus since late September. In early October, Mr Trump was hospitalized for a few days after testing positive and developing symptoms of Covid-19.