National law firm Foley & Lardner previously said it was “concerned” with Mitchell’s involvement in Trump’s call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and said the firm wasn’t engaged in any legal work challenging the election results. Tuesday, it announced Mitchell was no longer with the firm.
“Cleta Mitchell has informed firm management of her decision to resign from Foley & Lardner effective immediately. Ms. Mitchell concluded that her departure was in the firm’s best interests, as well as in her own personal best interests,” firm spokesman Dan Farrell said in a statement Tuesday. “We thank her for her contributions to the firm and wish her well.”
Her biography was removed from the law firm’s website on Tuesday. Mitchell has not responded to requests for comment from CNN.
Mitchell has for many years been one of the right wing’s most prominent voices alleging voting fraud.
On Trump’s call January 2 with Raffensperger, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows identified Mitchell as an attorney having some involvement with Trump’s effort.
She spoke several times on the call about a lawsuit Trump had brought to decertify Georgia’s results, and Trump’s effort to get records from the state. A lawyer for the state told her that the information she had was “not accurate.”
Law firms, which often take pride in representing unpopular positions, rarely react strongly to political discourse. But Trump’s weekend call to the Georgia officials and insistence in trying to change the election’s result has been perceived by the legal community to be extraordinary and, in many instances, ethically and democratically out of bounds.
In excerpts of the stunning one-hour phone call, Trump lambasted his fellow Republican for refusing to falsely say that he had won the election in Georgia and repeatedly touted baseless claims of election fraud.
“The people of Georgia are angry. The people of the country are angry. And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated,” Trump said in one part of the call. Raffensperger responded, “Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong.”
Officials in Raffensperger’s office recorded the call with Trump, according to a source who was on the call and had direct knowledge of the conversation. Raffensperger told his advisers he did not want the recording or a transcript of the call released unless Trump attacked him or misrepresented the call, according to the source. Trump attacked Raffensperger in a Sunday morning tweet and referenced the call.
But that effort never materialized, and courts have resoundingly and repeatedly rejected Trump’s post-election lawsuits, including in a federal court in Georgia on Tuesday morning.
In some parts of the January 2 call, Mitchell pushed the Georgia officials to help Trump. She told the state that the President sought its voting-related data and records. “I think what the President is saying, and what we’ve been trying to do is to say, look, the court is not acting on our petition,” she said on the call. “But the people of Georgia and the people of America have a right to know the answers. And you have data and records that we don’t have access to.”
In November, Trump invited Republican state lawmakers from Michigan to the White House and called two Republican canvass board members from Wayne County to offer his support after they went back and forth on voting to certify the election results from the state’s largest county, according to a person familiar with the matter.
This story has been updated with additional background information.
CNN’s Jason Morris, Chandelis Duster, Devan Cole, Kevin Liptak, Kaitlan Collins, Erica Orden, Evan Perez, Kara Scannell, Jim Acosta, Paul LeBlanc, Kristen Holmes, Veronica Stracqualursi, Annie Grayer and Jeremy Herb contributed to this report.