The Washington Post released audio and a transcript of the hour-long appeal in which Trump pressured Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger to scrap the election results. During the call, Mitchell complained that she hadn’t been given access to certain information from Raffensperger’s office, and Trump relied on her to an extraordinary extent during the call.
The post on Monday published a detailed story Mitchell’s transition from Liberal Democrat to Conservative Republican culminated in her role as an advisor to Trump during the call.
In its statement on Tuesday, the law firm said: “Cleta Mitchell has informed management of its decision to resign from Foley & Lardner with immediate effect. Ms. Mitchell decided that her departure was in the best interests of the company as well as her own personal interest. We thank her for her contributions to the company and wish her all the best. “
Mitchell declined to comment. In a letter she received from The Post and sent to friends and clients Tuesday, she made no reference to whether her actions violated the law firm’s guidelines or whether the firm rightly said it was concerned about her actions.
Instead, she accused a “massive print campaign carried out by left groups in the past few days. . . because of my personal commitment to President Trump ”and the Georgia elections.
She wrote that she resigned because she did not want to distract the company, but she vowed to continue her suffrage practice.
“Those who deny the existence of election and election fraud have no contact with facts and reality,” she wrote.
Mitchell, 70, is a former Democratic member of the Oklahoma Legislature who turned Republican and had a career in Washington serving GOP nominees, committees and causes that culminated in her post-election counseling from Trump.
In the conference call on Saturday, Trump told Raffensperger that he could face criminal consequences if he did not “find” enough votes to declare that the president had won the state. Raffensperger replied, “The challenge you have is the data you have is wrong.”
Trump then asked Mitchell, “Well, Cleta, how are you reacting to that? Maybe you tell me “
Mitchell complained to Raffensperger that “we asked your office for documents that only you had” but we did not receive them.
Mitchell made her claim that around 4,500 people voted after moving out of Georgia. Trump interjected that the number was “in their 20s,” which apparently meant in the 20,000s, but Raffensperger’s General Counsel Ryan Germany said those numbers were incorrect: “Everyone we’ve been through are people who lived in Georgia and moved to another state, but then rightly moved back to Georgia. “
Mitchell concluded her post by stating that she did not even look into the allegation that voting machines had been tampered with, which Georgian officials had denied. Trump interjected that “we don’t need” to prove that machines have been tampered with.
Trump said, “All we have to do, Cleta, is get 11,000+ votes.”