Four former Trump loyalists who pleaded guilty in the Georgia 2020 election interference criminal case have provided new insights into their efforts through videotaped conversations with prosecutors. Portions of these videos have been obtained and published by news outlets, offering a glimpse into the unfolding events surrounding the election controversy. The defendants include ex-Trump attorneys Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, Kenneth Chesebro, and Atlanta-based bail bondsman Scott Hall, all of whom cut plea deals with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis as part of the racketeering case against them, the former president, and 14 others.
According to the videos obtained by ABC News and The Washington Post, Jenna Ellis revealed a conversation she had with Dan Scavino, Trump’s former deputy White House chief of staff. In this conversation, Scavino dismissed her concerns about the narrowing legal options for challenging the election results. Ellis recounted how Scavino, in an excited tone, stated, “Well, we don’t care, and we’re not going to leave.” When Ellis sought clarification, Scavino emphasized that “the boss,” referring to President Trump, was resolute about not leaving the White House “under any circumstance.”
These revelations from Ellis provide insights into the determination of the former president and his inner circle to contest the election outcome. While ABC News reported details of Ellis and Powell’s statements, The Washington Post later disclosed details of statements made by the other two defendants, along with excerpts from the videos. The lengths of these videotaped statements reportedly ranged from around half an hour to several hours.
It remains to be seen how these revelations will impact the ongoing legal proceedings and investigations related to the 2020 election interference case.