Partner at Foley & Lardner who aided Trump effort to ‘find’ Georgia votes resigns

    Pres. Trump from the back leaving UN press conference
    Pres. Donald Trump exits a press conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Cleta Mitchell, a political law partner at the Milwaukee-based law firm Foley & Lardner, resigned from the firm Tuesday after she was heard on a phone call aiding President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of Georgia’s presidential election. 

    The phone call, first published by the Washington Post, is between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger. In the call Trump urges Raffensberger to “find” enough votes to change the results of the state’s election — which was won by Joe Biden. 

    “Cleta Mitchell has informed firm management of her decision to resign from Foley & Lardner effective immediately,” the firm said in a statement. “Ms. Mitchell concluded that her departure was in the firm’s best interests, as well as in her own personal best interests. We thank her for her contributions to the firm and wish her well.”

    While Mitchell’s direct involvement with Trump’s legal efforts wasn’t previously known, she had been publicly making false claims about the election since November — even as her firm decided not to take on any cases related to Trump’s attempts to change results in a number of swing states, including Wisconsin. 

    Despite the efforts of Trump and dozens of right-wing members of congress, Biden’s 306 Electoral College votes will be counted on Wednesday and he will be inaugurated Jan. 20.

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    Henry Redman
    Henry Redman is a staff reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner who focuses on covering Wisconsin's towns and rural areas. He previously covered crime and courts at the Daily Jefferson County Union. A lifelong Midwesterner, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in journalism in May 2019.