Lawyer leaves agency after supporting Trump on Georgia to overthrow Biden’s victory
Cleta Mitchell, Partner Foley and Lardner LLP.
Pablo Martinez | AP
A Conservative lawyer resigned from her law firm Tuesday after losing her role as President Donald Trump during a phone call pressuring Georgia’s top electoral officials to overthrow President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in that state.
Attorney Cleta Mitchell was a partner at Foley & Lardner, which said Monday it was investigating her involvement in Trump’s call to Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger.
During that call, Mitchell supported the president’s contestation of the election results.
Foley & Lardner said Monday that its lawyers should “not represent any party” in connection with the results of the presidential election.
In a statement on Tuesday, the company said, “Cleta Mitchell has informed management of its decision to resign from Foley & Lardner with immediate effect.”
“Ms. Mitchell determined that her departure was in the best interests of the company as well as her own interests,” the company said. “We thank her for her contributions to the company and wish her all the best.”
Mitchell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mitchell’s role in calling on Raffensperger and her support for Trump’s efforts to reverse his election loss came to light on Sunday when the Washington Post reported and published a transcript of the conversation.
During that call, Trump asked Raffensperger to “find” nearly 12,000 votes for Trump to make up for his loss to Biden.
The president also made what Raffensperger’s office said, false claims about alleged voting irregularities, which Trump saw as evidence that he had been betrayed out of a Georgia victory.
On Monday, Foley & Lardner issued a statement that the company “does not represent parties who want to contest the results of the presidential election”.
The company also noted that in November it “made a political decision not to represent any party on matters related to the results of the presidential election.”
“Our policy has made it possible for our attorneys to voluntarily take part in election counts and similar measures in their individual capacity as private persons, as long as they are not acting as legal advisors,” the firm said on Monday.
“We are aware of Ms. Mitchell’s participation in the January 2nd conference call and we are concerned and are working to better understand her participation.”
Congress will sign the victory of Biden’s electoral college on Wednesday.
Trump and some of his allies in Congress are opposed to this certification.
A group of Republican Senators and members of the House of Representatives plan to object to the certification, but they have little chance of preventing Biden from taking office on Jan. 20.