Jenna Ellis, a senior authorized adviser to President Trump, has examined constructive for the coronavirus, in line with a White Home official conversant in the state of affairs. She is the latest in a string of officials related to Mr. Trump who’ve examined constructive.
Ms. Ellis has appeared in latest weeks alongside Rudolph W. Giuliani and different Trump attorneys — a gaggle Ms. Ellis has described as an “elite strike-force group” — at public hearings the place she amplified the president’s false claims of widespread voter fraud.
Mr. Giuliani, the lead lawyer for the president’s efforts to overthrow the outcomes of the election, confirmed over the weekend that he had tested positive for the virus, and an individual who was conscious of his situation however not approved to talk publicly mentioned then that he had been hospitalized at Georgetown College Medical. At age 76, Mr. Giuliani is in a high-risk class. Mr. Trump mentioned on Monday that he had spoken to Mr. Giuliani and he was doing “very nicely.”
Ms. Ellis was photographed final week, on Wednesday, sitting subsequent to Mr. Giuliani throughout a listening to earlier than the Michigan Home Oversight Committee. It was not instantly clear whether or not she had any signs, or what sort of check she had taken. Ms. Ellis continued to submit to Twitter all through the day on Tuesday, together with sharing a statement attributed to her and Mr. Giuliani about their authorized efforts. She didn’t reply to a message looking for remark.
Ms. Ellis has been a frequent guest on cable news, the place she aggressively defended Mr. Trump as he confronted investigation and impeachment. She presents herself as a constitutional regulation legal professional, however has by no means appeared in federal district or circuit courtroom, the place most constitutional issues are thought-about, in line with nationwide databases of federal instances. She doesn’t seem to have performed a serious position in any instances past felony and civil work in Colorado.
Ms. Ellis’s most up-to-date work seems to have been largely in a public-relations capability. The Trump marketing campaign and its supporters have thus far filed about 50 election-related lawsuits. She has not signed her title or appeared in courtroom to argue a single one.
Greater than 40 members of Mr. Trump’s administration, marketing campaign and inside circle have contracted the virus since late September. In early October, Mr. Trump was hospitalized for a couple of days after testing constructive and creating signs of Covid-19.