The former Trump adviser plays a leading role in the voting battle

A GOP lawyer who advised former President Donald Trump on his campaign to overturn the 2020 election results is now playing a central role in coordinating Republican efforts to tighten voting laws across the country.

Clata Mitchell, a longtime Republican lawyer and a staunch supporter of Rousseau’s cause, was among Trump’s advisers on a January phone call in which Trump told Georgia election officials to “find” enough votes to make them public, and not Democrat B Biden, the winner. Was. State of War.

Mitchell is now making two separate efforts to combat pressure for stricter state voting laws and democratic efforts to increase the reach of the ballot at the federal level. She is also advising state legislators to propose a vote ban. And, he said Friday, he is in regular contact with Trump.

“People are really interested in getting involved and we have to use all this power,” Mitchell said in an interview. “There are many groups that have projects on electoral integrity that have never been done before.”

Mitchell’s new reputation further strains relations between the former president, who falsely insisted he lost the election due to fraud, and the G.O.P. Led by the state’s vote repair, which has helped turn the basic tenets of democracy into a partisan battlefield.

Trump’s false claims of fraud have rekindled a wave of new voting sanctions. More than 250 proposed voting bans have been proposed this year, mostly by Republican lawmakers, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. On Thursday, the GOP governor of Georgia signed Steps required by law to require voters to submit an ID for voting by mail, G.O.P. The controlling state legislature gives new powers over the local election board and new powers to provide food or water to those waiting to vote. Biden on Friday denounced him as “Jim Crow in the 21st Century.”

In response, Democrats have stepped up pressure for a huge federal election replacement bill. That proposal, known as HR1, would effectively enforce the neutral state-level voter ID laws, allowing anyone to vote by mail and if they want citizens to automatically register to vote. Republicans view state control over elections as an encroachment and say it is designed to benefit Democrats.

“The left is trying to end 100 years of progress in the election administration,” Mitchell said, adding that Democrats are trying to suppress the Republican vote. “We’re watching two different movies right now.”

Mitchell’s most public involvement in the voting battles was at the behest of Trump’s Georgia Secretary of State Brad Rafansperger Jaan. During the call, Mitchell insisted he had evidence of vote fraud, but Secretary of State officials told him the data was incorrect.

The call is part of an investigation by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office into whether Trump or others made an improper attempt to influence election officials. Michelle will not discuss the case or the investigation.

Mitchell’s involvement sparked outrage in the legal community and left long-time employees at law firm Foley and Lardner. But Mitchell says it has been a blessing.

“One of the great benefits of resigning from my law firm is that I can dedicate all my time to whomever I like,” he said.

Mitchell has two new roles in the Rs. That limited government group is running a 10 10 million voting initiative at Freedom Works, both pushing for new voting restrictions and for helping train trainers get involved in local election nuts and bolts. That Conservative Partnership organization, Senior Republican Sen. There is also a senior legal partner at the organization run by Jim DeMint. She says she will use this role to “coordinate” the status quo, especially against HR1.

Mitchell, a 70-year-old Oklahoma state legislator, has links to other influential players in the Rs. He also serves as an outside adviser to the American Legislative Exchange Committee, a conservative group that provides model legislation to state legislators and held a call with state legislators and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to oppose HR1.

And Mitchell said he talks regularly with Republican state legislators about the need for a new election law. She won’t recognize who she’s talking to but said she’s been passionate for a long time.

“I have been working with political legislatures for many years so that they pay attention to what I say to the political process.” “I like working with legislators and legislators.”

It will similarly not give details of his conversations with Trump or say whether he is involved in a new voting battle. “I’m in frequent contact with the president,” he said of Trump.

Frequent the dits in the 2020 election did not appear to be a significant problem. Trump and his supporters have lost more than 50 court cases challenging its results.

Mitchell says he believes the courts used legal fraud to virtually avoid allegations of voter fraud by Trump.

That evidence cautioned some conservative groups not to base their claims on Trump’s election fraud, but to argue for a strict ban on who Americans vote for.

Mitchell’s role could complicate efforts to keep the distance.

“I’m concerned about the election but I don’t think it was rigged,” said Noah and Wall Lay, executive vice presidents of Freedom Works. However, Wall Lay said he saw no contradiction in working with Mitchell. “When we talk about what we’re going to focus on, I don’t see any light on the issues between us and him,” Wall said.

Mitchell has a long history in the rhetorical movement, with positions on the boards of the National Rifle Association and the Bradley Foundation. She represented Scott Pruitt, president of Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency, and has been a campaign attorney for several Republican senators. He is also chairman of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a Rs.