In a significant development, four former loyalists to Donald Trump, who had pleaded guilty in the Georgia 2020 election interference criminal case, have provided detailed insights into their efforts to reverse the election outcome. Videotaped conversations with prosecutors, including ex-Trump attorneys Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, Kenneth Chesebro, and Atlanta-based bail bondsman Scott Hall, shed light on the extent of their involvement and the prevailing sentiment that the former president would not leave the White House “under any circumstances.”
These revelations are part of the plea deals cut with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in the expansive racketeering case against the four defendants, Trump, and 14 others. Portions of the videos, obtained and published by news outlets such as ABC News and The Washington Post, offer a glimpse into the inner workings of the Trump camp’s efforts to challenge the election results.
Jenna Ellis, one of the Trump loyalists, in her statements to Willis’ team, disclosed a conversation with Dan Scavino, Trump’s former deputy White House chief of staff. According to Ellis, Scavino dismissed her concerns about the narrowing legal options for contesting the election, stating, “the boss is not going to leave under any circumstance.” This assertion, as per the obtained video, provides a unique perspective on the determination within Trump’s inner circle to resist any transition of power.
While some aspects of the revelations align with previous reports about delays in the transition between Trump and Joe Biden, the videos bring new details to light about the concerted efforts by Trump’s close associates to overturn the election results in his favor.
Notably, the former president has pleaded not guilty to over a dozen charges in the Georgia case. His lead counsel, Steve Sadow, dismissed Ellis’ statements as “absolutely meaningless,” emphasizing that the crucial fact remains that Trump left the White House on January 20, 2021. Sadow criticized the inquiry as a “bogus, ridiculous ‘evidence'” and called for the dismissal of what he deemed a “political travesty of a case.”
Additional insights were provided by Powell, Chesebro, and Hall in their statements to prosecutors. Chesebro, according to The Washington Post, briefed Trump at a White House meeting on “election challenges in Arizona” and outlined a memo advising on assembling alternate slates of electors in key battlegrounds. These electors were intended to cast ballots for Trump, challenging Biden’s victories in those states.
Sidney Powell, known for promoting fringe legal theories post-election, declared in her videotaped statement that if Trump appointed her special counsel to investigate election irregularities, she would have sought to seize election equipment and would have used the military if necessary. She maintained her belief that “machine fraud” tainted the 2020 presidential election, according to The Washington Post.
Scott Hall, the first defendant to plead guilty, faced accusations of conspiring to unlawfully access voter data and ballot counting machines at the Coffee County election office on January 7, 2021. Describing himself as a “political tourist” in his proffer statement, Hall claimed to have flown to the rural county “for s—s and giggles,” adding a layer of intrigue to his role in the unfolding events.
The obtained videotapes and their contents not only provide new insights into the mindset of Trump loyalists but also underscore the gravity of their actions in attempting to subvert the democratic process. As these revelations become public, they contribute to the broader understanding of the events surrounding the 2020 election and the challenges faced by the democratic institutions in upholding the rule of law.