Trump Advisor Mitchell Ousted After Left-Wing Campaign, Emails Reveal

Cleta Mitchell, a senior legal fellow at the Conservative Partnership Institute and former advisor to President Donald Trump, was not reappointed to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) advisory board following intense pressure from left-wing activists. Public records contain emails that show the radical progressive organization “Free Speech for People” played a crucial role in Mitchell’s fate. Free Speech for People has also been directly involved in some of the failed legal attempts to disqualify President Trump from the 2024 ballot,

Mitchell was first appointed to the EAC board in November 2021. She immediately faced fierce political opposition from Democrats because of support of Trump’s 2020 campaign. Liberals also have been infuriated by her involvement in the January 2, 2021, phone call between President Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger that led to the flimsy politicized prosecution of Trump and 19 codefendants in Georgia state court by corrupt Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

Far-left radical activist John Bonifaz with Free Speech for People began to immediately threaten a public criticism campaign against the US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) if Mitchell’s reappointment was confirmed.

An email from Bonifaz to USCCR General Counsel David Ganz dated November 28, 2023, explicitly stated their intentions. “Unless we hear from you by tomorrow that the USCCR has decided not to reappoint Cleta Mitchell, we plan to launch a public campaign criticizing the USCCR for this decision,” Bonifaz wrote, proving the group’s commitment to their cause.

The USCCR, influenced by this ultimatum, informed the EAC that Mitchell would not be granted another term the following day. This decision coincides with the stance of several Democratic figures and left-leaning organizations, who have criticized Mitchell’s appointment since its announcement.

The EAC, established under the Help America Vote Act of 2002, is crucial in administering federal elections. Among its many roles, the agency offers guidance and certifies voting systems. It is bipartisan and includes commissioners appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

“I do find it ironic that a group that supposedly promotes ‘free speech for people’ organized a campaign to make sure that the opinions and views of people like me are not heard,” Mitchell said.

Analysis reveals that the campaign against Mitchell illustrates a more profound ideological clash influencing appointments to significant regulatory bodies. The urgency with which Free Speech for People acted, alongside their historical context of attempting to remove Trump from political contention, underscores a strategic pattern of influencing public institutions to mirror a specific political agenda.