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Lawyer involved in Trump’s call to Georgia official resigns

January 6, 2021 GMT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An attorney with a Milwaukee-based law firm has resigned days after participating in a call in which President Donald Trump pressured Georgia’s state secretary to “find” enough votes to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state’s presidential election.

Cleta Mitchell, a senior partner with Foley & Lardner, has resigned effective immediately, the law 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,” the statement said.

Mitchell participated in Saturday’s call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger that also included Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, and other attorneys. The Republican president has refused to accept his loss to Biden, repeatedly arguing that Raffensperger could change the certified results.

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Foley & Lardner made a decision in November not to take on any clients involved in any matters related to the presidential election, the Journal Sentinel reported.

Mitchell, a Washington-based partner at Foley & Lardner for nearly 20 years, said in a recent podcast with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins that she was “a volunteer with the Trump campaign and the legal team in Georgia,” the Daily Beast reported.