Lawyer in Trump’s election call leaves office after an uproar

In a statement on Tuesday, the company said that a lawyer who had been advising President Trump had resigned from her law firm in recent weeks after her participation in the call was revealed as Mr Trump pressured officials in Georgia to help him reverse the state’s election results.

Attorney Clita Mitchell has been advising Mr. Trump despite the policy of her firm, Foley & Lardner, that none of her attorneys should represent clients involved in transmitting the presidential election.

In its statement, the company said: “Cletta Mitchell informed the company’s management of its decision to resign from Foley & Lardner immediately.” “Miss. Mitchell concluded that her departure was in the interest of the company as well as in her personal interest. We thank her for her contribution to the company and we wish her well.”

Ms Mitchell’s resignation was the latest evidence of troubles Mr. Trump has wrought with law firms throughout his tenure in office, as her employees and clients object to relations with the president.

In an email to her clients and friends, Mrs. Mitchell blamed her leaving “a massive lobbying campaign in the past several days by left-wing groups via social media and other means against me and the law firm and law firm clients.” She pledged to “double” her efforts in what she described as “election integrity.”

The company started distancing itself from it shortly after making the call for the first time Reported by the Washington Post On Sunday. As Mr Trump made increasingly misleading allegations about the elections, he was unable to attract high-profile lawyers to support his case.

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Ms. Mitchell was among several Trump aides who joined him on Saturday’s call, in which Mr. Trump vaguely threatened Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Ravensberger, of committing a “criminal offense” as he pressured him to “find” enough votes to alter the state’s presidential outcomes.

Ms. Mitchell has represented far-right groups and conservatives for many years. She served on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association and represented tea party groups that claimed to have been unlawfully targeted by the Internal Revenue Service.

On Sunday, in the hours after Mrs. Mitchell participated in the call, the anti-Trump group, Project Lincoln, questioned on Twitter why clients such as Major League Baseball had linked up with a company that had hired someone seeking to cancel the election.

In the email Ms. Mitchell sent to her clients and friends, she thanked Foley & Lardner for her support of her political practice “throughout these years despite constant attacks throughout the years that I’ve been subjected to and against my clients and my business.”

“With blatant attacks on conservatives, in particular, anyone who supports President Trump and wants to help him,” she wrote, “I realize that a large national law firm is no longer the right platform for me or my legal practice.”

She repeated her unfounded allegations of voter fraud.

She added: “The integrity of the elections is something I have been passionate about for many years.” “This was and remains my goal in trying to get to the truth about the Georgia election results. Those who deny the existence of fraud in the elections do not deal with the facts and reality.”

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Since the first year of the Trump administration, his disregard for standards, law and ethics has made it difficult for him to attract the best legal talent from established companies. During the special counsel’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russian election interference, several top companies told their white-collar attorneys that if they wanted to represent the president, they would have to resign.

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