In the aftermath of the violent takeover of Capitol Hill fueled by fully debunked allegations of a “stolen” election, the phone call that Donald Trump made to Georgia election officials encouraging them to “find” enough ballot papers to give him the state may sound like a distant past. But no, that was only a few days ago.
Not that the call should fade from our memories. The myths that fueled the rioting mob yesterday were falsified by the insistence of Donald Trump and his aides that the votes were counted three times and that the zombie Hugo Chavez secretly ran the voting machines from his basement. At least four people were killed after yesterday’s attack on the Capitol Building and there is a straight line from there to Trump’s election interference efforts.
Cletta Mitchell She actually came out on Foley & LardnerResignation after the company expressed concern that Mitchell had participated in a call in which the President of the United States cleverly committed to rescinding all election interference requirements. Mitchell blamed “left groups” for her resignation, so she stayed on the brand until the end.
But one thing kept bothering me about the infamous call text:
You also have attorneys representing the President, Kurt, Alex, and Cletta Mitchell …
Cleita Mitchell is self-explanatory. Kurt is Kurt Hilbert, Georgia Advocate Registered Advocate Trump vs. Kemp, The lawsuit that formed the basis of the now infamous “settlement negotiation” call. However, Alex never spoke on the call, so we did not get a window to find out who he was. But who is “Alex”? Random soloist trying to become the next Jenna Ellis?
Upon reaching the comment, the company stressed that “strict policy prohibits attorney Fox Rothschild from representing anyone participating in the 2020 presidential election effort as an advisor” and concluded that “Kaufman did not attend the January 2 call between President Trump and others as a lawyer for Fox Rothschild.”
At first glance, this statement made me fearful of another dead end in my search for “Alex.” But then I analyzed the last line and realized it wasn’t exactly saying it wasn’t on the call. After placing another request to see if the company intends to put a period after “others” in that sentence, I received a revised statement that included this line:
Kaufman was not acting as Fox Rothschild’s attorney when he was present, but he did not speak, on the January 2 call between President Trump and others.
Well, here you go. They almost got hold of me!
The statement also states that “[t]The company does not prevent its attorneys from running for public office or participating as individuals in political activities. ”This” participation in political activities “rhetoric tries to hold great weight. It tracks Mitchell’s attempt to ignore Foley and Lardner’s concerns that she has become rogue by claiming that she was involved in A private political activity and not working as a legal advisor, despite introducing him as his lawyer and spending the entire call arguing on the president’s behalf.
When we discussed Mitchell’s situation with Foley & Lardner, we indicated that attorneys who practice outside the care of their firms can raise all kinds of ethical and insurance issues. To that end, Fox Rothschild points out that Kaufman is already acting independently as the Republican General Counsel for Fulton County and Associate General Counsel for the Republican Party in Georgia, but declares that the company “does not represent the Fulton County Republican Party or the Georgia Republican Party in its 2020 presidential contest.” This wording indicates that the company is doing so in other situations while one of its partners is internal to those entities.
Thus, unlike Mitchell, Kaufman appears to be acting as an advisor to Georgia’s parties, which the company appears to classify as political activity even if it does involve acting as legal counsel. Although the call is presenting him as representing Donald Trump, this may have been just inaccurate wording. In this case, it is assumed that acting on behalf of another entity such as a state party resolves many of the thorny issues advocated by Mitchell by providing legal advice without any affiliation other than Foley & Lardner. However, it is difficult to balance policy against “representing anyone participating in the 2020 presidential election effort as an advisor” with “unless they act as an in-house advisor to someone participating in the 2020 presidential election effort.”
Yet it is worth noting once again that the efforts to undermine the elections and sow the seeds of the mobs that we saw yesterday were not the only business of dubious Free Agents such as Rudy and Gina Ellis. Biglaw lineage attorneys are deeply involved in this effort.
Some of those Biglaw firms attempt to be a “firm policy of prohibiting and addressing Fox Rothschild’s attorney from anyone participating in the 2020 presidential election effort as an advisor.”
Here’s Fox Rothschild’s latest statement in full:
Company policy prohibits Fox Rothschild attorneys from representing anyone participating in the 2020 presidential election effort as an advisor. The company does not prohibit its lawyers from running for public office or participating as individuals in political activities.
Neither Alex Kaufman nor Fox Rothschild represents the president or his campaign. Kaufman is a partner in the company’s Atlanta office. Kaufman, in his individual capacity, is the Republican General Counsel for Fulton County and Assistant General Counsel for the Republican Party of Georgia. Kaufman was not acting as Fox Rothschild’s attorney when he was present, but he did not speak, on the January 2 call between President Trump and others. Fox Rothschild is not representing the Republican Party of Fulton County or the Republican Party of Georgia in contesting the 2020 presidential election.
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