Trump’s adviser appointed to the US Election Commission

Trump’s adviser appointed to the US Election Commission

The US Civil Rights Commission on the Federal Election Advisory Board has appointed a prominent Republican attorney who helped former President Donald Trump in his failed efforts to nullify the 2020 presidential election.

Cleta Mitchell has been appointed to the House of Councilors of the Federal Electoral Assistance Committee. The Advisory Board does not have the power to set policy directly but can recommend voluntary guidelines for the East African Community. The EAC certifies voting systems and advises local election offices on compliance with federal election regulations.

Mitchell was nominated by the Republican-appointed members of the committee and approved by a majority vote.

Mitchell, a prominent Republican attorney, joined Trump on January 2 in a phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Ravensburger. On the call, Trump implored Ravensberger to “find” him enough votes to declare him the winner of the battlefield mandate, which President Joe Biden won. Mitchell claimed to have found potential examples of fraud in the state, but was told by the Secretary of State that her statements were incorrect.


Mitchell’s involvement in the call caused an outcry in the legal community that led to her leaving her long-running job at the law firm Foley & Lardner. Since then, she has held key roles with conservative groups pushing for tougher voting laws, directing an election initiative at small government group FreedomWorks and worked as a fellow at the Conservative Partnership Institute, where she helps coordinate advocacy on voting issues.

“I am honored to be selected with bipartisan support to serve in this role,” Mitchell said in a text message on Tuesday.

The US Civil Rights Commission said in a statement it was appointing two of the advisory board’s 35 members – one from the Republican commissioners and one from the Democrats.

The committee is divided between four Democrats, three Republicans, and one independent. Its members are appointed for six-year terms by the leaders and presidents of Congress. Last year, Trump appointed to the commission’s attorney J. Christian Adams, the chair of a conservative legal group whose board of directors is chaired by Mitchell.


The commission’s statement said that the Democratic candidate for the advisory board was unable to serve and a vote on a new candidate would be held at Friday’s meeting.

The Civil Rights Committee said the vote to appoint Mitchell occurred on April 30. But the move wasn’t announced until this week, when journalist Jessica Hausmann posted EAC documents on Twitter showing that Mitchell officially joined the board on November 3.


Associated Press reporter Christina Cassidy in Atlanta contributed to this report.

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