- Jenna Ellis, one of the lead lawyers on the Trump campaign’s legal team, has told associates she has the coronavirus, Axios reported Tuesday.
- The news comes days after President Donald Trump announced that Rudy Giuliani, who is leading the campaign’s legal team, had tested positive for the virus.
- Both Ellis and Giuliani have crisscrossed the country in recent days to attend crowded indoor Republican events focused on overturning the results of the 2020 election.
- Ellis also attended a White House Christmas party on Friday that featured few masks and little social distancing, and Tuesday’s news has reportedly infuriated some staffers who are worried about whether they or their family members may have been exposed.
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Jenna Ellis, one of the lawyers on the Trump campaign’s legal team, has told associates in recent days that she has the coronavirus, Axios reported Tuesday. ABC News confirmed the reporting shortly afterward.
The news came after President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that Rudy Giuliani, his personal defence lawyer and the attorney leading the campaign’s legal team, had also tested positive for COVID-19. Giuliani was admitted to Georgetown University Medical Centre on Sunday afternoon.
Both Ellis and Giuliani crisscrossed the country in recent days to attend crowded indoor Republican events focused on discussing what the Trump legal team has described as widespread voter fraud and election rigging, though they haven’t been able to prove the charges in court.
Ellis also attended a White House Christmas party on Friday, and Tuesday’s news has angered some staffers who raised concerns about whether they or their family members could have been exposed, Axios and ABC News reported.
Confirmed – Trump attorney Jenna Ellis positive for COVID. Was with Rudy Giuliani all last week. Also at WH Christmas party Friday – staffers are very angry learning this news w/ @KFaulders @wsteaks https://t.co/abCLE0YLYl
— John Santucci (@Santucci) December 8, 2020
ABC News also reported that Ellis previously had COVID-19 over the summer.
Axios’ Jonathan Swan said that when he texted Ellis about his reporting on Monday night, she replied that it was “rude” to text her after midnight and added, “You must be more informed than me because I haven’t heard that.”
According to NBC News, more than 50 people in Trump’s orbit have tested positive for COVID-19 since October, including the president; first lady Melania Trump; Barron Trump; White House chief of staff Mark Meadows; senior counselor Hope Hicks; former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; senior advisor Stephen Miller and his wife, Katie; and multiple other members of the White House staff and press corps.
It’s not clear when Ellis reportedly tested positive or whether the White House has begun contact tracing to gauge who else she may have exposed.
In the past several weeks, Ellis has participated in multiple news conferences that featured few masks and little social distancing and functioned as venues for her and Giuliani to air baseless conspiracy theories suggesting Democrats stole the election from Trump by colluding with “big media” and, in some cases, dead communist dictators to propel President-elect Joe Biden to the White House.
Ellis also raised some eyebrows when she described the campaign’s legal shop as an “elite strike force,” given that it hasn’t won a single case out of more than two dozen legal challenges it’s filed since Election Day. Earlier this month, The New York Times reported that despite Ellis’ position as one of the president’s chief lawyers, her legal background did not line up with the type of constitutional-law experience required to prove a wide-ranging political conspiracy to void the results of an election.