The first defectors from Donald Trump’s Georgia criminal case pose significant risk to the former president because they include “senior participants” in the alleged scheme to overthrow the 2020 election, experts say.

Former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis was the latest to agree to testify in any trials related to the case, which revolves around efforts to thwart Georgia’s 2020 election after Trump lost. Trump and 18 others were charged Aug. 15 by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, and accused of operating a “criminal enterprise” that conspired to overturn the election.

Now, four members of that alleged racket have agreed to cooperate against the other 15.

Two other lawyers involved with the effort, Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro, and a bail bondsman named Scott Hall, also entered guilty pleas in recent weeks.

Attorney Norm Eisen described the lawyers as “senior participants” in two different facets of the alleged crimes: the effort to portray Trump as the winner, and the effort to have former Vice President Mike Pence use false electors to certify Trump as the winner.

“With the pleas of the three lawyers, the rug is pulled out from under both of those legs,” said Eisen, a co-founder of States United Democracy Center, a nonpartisan advocacy organization focused on elections. “That’s because Powell and Ellis were two of the primary pushers of the false facts, and Chesebro of the false legal theory.”

Ellis said at her sentencing Tuesday that “I failed to do my due diligence” in agreeing to work on Trump’s behalf in 2020.

“If I knew then what I know now, I would have declined to represent Donald Trump in these post-election challenges. I look back on this whole experience with deep remorse,” Ellis said.

Georgia State University law professor Anthony Michael Kreis said Ellis’ and other confessions are “a huge boon for the D.A. when this goes to trial as prosecutors work to secure convictions.”

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