Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus

Jenna Ellis, a legal adviser to the Trump campaign and one of the attorneys leading the president's efforts to overturn the election results, has tested positive for the coronavirus, a source confirmed Tuesday.

Axios first reported that Ellis had contracted the virus and that White House officials had been informed of her diagnosis after she attended a holiday party there last Friday. Ellis posted a photo from the party on her Instagram page.

ABC and CNN later confirmed that Ellis had contracted the virus.


Ellis did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the Trump campaign. She was a guest on Fox Business Network earlier Tuesday, but she filmed the appearance from her home.

The legal adviser's positive test comes days after the president's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTrump allies urge judge to throw out Dominion defamation suits Trump compares Giuliani to Eliot Ness, rips NY decision New York Supreme Court suspends Giuliani's law license MORE tested positive for the virus. The two traveled together to Arizona, Pennsylvania and Michigan in recent days to levy allegations of voter fraud that they argue would change the outcome of the election. But they have not presented any such evidence in court, and judges in multiple states have dismissed their claims as without standing.

Ellis's role in arguing President TrumpDonald Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport MORE's case has largely been centered on messaging rather than making actual legal arguments. The New York Times reported that the Trump campaign and its allies have filed roughly 50 election-related lawsuits, but that Ellis has not signed her name to a single one.

Her presence at the White House holiday party could raise concerns of yet another coronavirus outbreak in the West Wing.

The president, first lady, chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsGOP governors embrace culture wars with White House in mind Tech industry pushes for delay in antitrust legislation Head of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report MORE, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, senior advisers Hope HicksHope HicksUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus MORE and Stephen MillerStephen MillerShelby backs ex-aide over Trump-favored candidate in Alabama Senate race Pro-Trump group presses Biden officials for records on critical race theory The Memo: Biden feels the heat from all sides on immigration MORE and former Trump campaign advisers David Bossie and Corey LewandowskiCorey LewandowskiPoll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Lewandowski says Trump has not spoken to him about being reinstated Sunday shows preview: Infrastructure expected to dominate as talks continue to drag MORE are among those who have contracted the virus in recent months.

Despite rising infection rates around the country, the White House has moved ahead holding in-person holiday celebrations where dozens of guests attend without masks.