Attorney who helped Trump try to overturn election, appointed to federal election advisory council

  • Cleta Mitchell was appointed to the Board of Advisors on August 21, records show.
  • Mitchell was on the phone with Donald Trump when he tried to overthrow the 2020 election.
  • Mitchell resigned from his law firm after the Washington Post published audio of the phone call.

On January 2, 2020, Republican Attorney Cleta Mitchell joined then-President Donald Trump on a phone call with Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, asking Trump to “find” 11,780 votes to overthrow the election in his favor. Nearly eight months later, Mitchell was appointed a federal election adviser, the Associated Press reported.

Nominated by Republican-nominated members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a federal agency that informs national civil rights policy and its enforcement, Mitchell was approved to join the Election Assistance Commission’s board of advisers by majority vote among commissioners on Aug. 21, AP reported.

However, her addition to the board was not made public until journalist Jessica Huseman published EAC documents for Twitter on Monday.

According to the Board’s charter, it has the authority to recommend voluntary guidelines to the EAC, an independent, two-part commission that certifies voting systems, advises polling stations on compliance and maintains national voting registration forms.

Mitchell is one of two USCCR nominees to the 35-member EAC advisory board, which she joined after withdrawing from her law firm and making conservative efforts to push for tighter state voting laws, the AP reported. The USCCR is one of several federal agencies that have been awarded a certain number of nominations to the board.

She resigned from her former firm, Foley & Lardner, when the Washington Post published audio of Trump’s phone call to Raffensperger and revealed her involvement.

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