Jenna Ellis, a formerly vocal critic of Donald Trump’s who somehow ended up on his legal team, was fired from her job as a Colorado county prosecutor in 2013 for making mistakes on cases. Records obtained by The Colorado Sun show that Ellis “failed to meet the employer’s expectations” and “made mistakes on cases the employer believes she should not have made,” according to a document from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
Another record says Ellis, who held the title deputy district attorney at the Weld County District Attorney’s Office, was fired for “unsatisfactory performance.” The state labor department document attached to her case states that “…the employer noted some cases were being processed that did not adhere to the Victim Rights Act.”
The Victims Rights Act is a state law that ensures victims are involved in and informed of the case against their assailant. There’s also a federal version that offers similar assurances and protections. The state labor department document also says of Ellis: “There is the appearance in case documentation the claimant did not follow proper protocol for some of the cases she handled.”
Ellis had lied to The Wall Street Journal in an exclusive interview, saying that she had been let go from the Weld County DA’s office for her refusal to bring a case to trial that she believed was an unethical prosecution. The district attorney’s office told the Journal that Ellis handled traffic cases and other misdemeanors. “The number of cases in which (Ellis) committed an irreparable, egregious act was not significant compared to the total number of cases she processed,” the state labor department document says.
Despite her many appearances on behalf of Trump, Ellis has made no public comments regarding the charges, but the Trump campaign replied on Ellis’ behalf on Sunday, offering a 20-word, unsigned statement: “This is a nonstory from a decade ago trying to damage her reputation simply because she works for President Trump,” the statement said.
Ellis, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, is slated to appear before the Colorado legislature’s Legislative Audit Committee on Tuesday to testify at a Republican-called hearing on Colorado’s election integrity, according to Republican Rep. Dave Williams. There have been no reports of widespread voter fraud in the state, and the Electoral College certified its votes for Joe Biden on Monday.