Cleta Mitchell, a lawyer who advised former President Donald Trump in his campaign Cancel results of 2020 elections, Now plays a central role in the Republican Party’s efforts to toughen electoral laws in the United States.
Longtime Republican lawyer and conservative lawyer was one of Trump’s advisors who attended Phone call with Georgia election officials, Who was told to “find” enough votes to declare him the winner.
Now, Michelle takes the helm of two separate attempts Demonstrated support for strict ballot laws at the state level and the fight for democratic efforts to expand access to the ballot at the federal level. He is also advising the development of voting ban proposals to the state legislators. And, in addition, he is in regular contact with Trump.
“People are really interested in participating and we have to harness all this energy,” Mitchell said in an interview. “There are many groups that have projects on electoral integrity that have never done so before.”
Lawyer strengthens ties between former presidents who have wrongly asserted Lost the election due to cheating, And the state reform vote led by the Republican Party, which Has helped to transform a fundamental principle of democracy into a partisan battlefield.
Trump’s false claims of fraud have sparked a wave of new voting restrictions. This year, most Republican lawmakers Proposed more than 250 proposed voting restrictionsAccording to the Brennan Center for Justice.
On March 25, the Governor of Georgia signed a law Voters are required to submit identification to vote by mail, Gives the State Legislature new powers on the local boards of elections. Biden called him “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” yesterday.
In response, Democrats largely moved for a federal election reform bill. The proposal, known as HR1, Will effectively neutralize voter ID laws at state level, And will allow anyone to vote by mail if they wish Will automatically register citizens to vote. Republicans see this as state control over elections and They say it is designed to give Democrats an edge.
“The Left is trying to end 100 years of progress in electoral administration,” Mitchell said. “We are watching two different films right now.”
Mitchell’s most public involvement in the voting wars came on January 2 over Trump’s Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensparger’s phone. During that call, Michelle insists she has evidence of voter fraud, But office officials told him that his data was inaccurate.
The call is part of an investigation by Fulton County’s District Attorney’s Office into whether Trump or others attempted to unfairly influence election officials. Mitchell refused to discuss the call or investigation.
Mitchell’s involvement sparked outrage in the legal community and prompted her to quit her job at the Foley & Larder law firm. But Michelle says it has been a blessing.
He said, “One of the great advantages of leaving my law firm is that I can devote all my time to something I love.”
Mitchell has two roles in the emerging conservative voting campaign: He is running a $ 10 million initiative in the limited government group “FreedomWorks”. Emphasis on new voting restrictions And help train patrons to join the nuts and bolts of local elections. He is also a Senior Legal Researcher at the Conservative Partnership Institute, an organization led by former Senator Jim DeMint. They said they would use that role to “coordinate” conservative voting positions, particularly in opposition to HR1.
In addition, Republicans said she is regularly speaking with lawmakers about the need for new election laws. He did not want to identify with whom he spoke, but Said that it’s been a long time passion.
Mitchell said that I have worked with legislators for many years to focus on the political process. “I love legislators and love working with legislators.”
Likewise, Did not provide details of his conversation with Trump Nor did he say if it was about the new voting fiasco. “I am in touch with the president,” Trump said.
Repeat audits have not shown any significant problems with the 2020 election. Trump and his supporters lost more than 50 court cases, challenging their results.
Lawyer still It is believed that the courts used legal deception to avoid fraudulent allegations. Election Day Trump.
That evidence cautioned some conservative groups not to echo Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud, Even as they advocate strict restrictions on voting for Americans..
Mitchell’s role could complicate that effort to maintain his distance.
“I worry about elections, but I do not think the elections were stolenSaid Noah Wall, FreedomWorks executive vice president. However, Wall stated that he did not see any conflict in working with Mitchell. “When we talk about who to focus on, I see no light between their problems and ours,” Wall said.He said that no concrete steps have been taken by the government to prevent such incidents.