Michigan Republican Congressman Paul Mitchell, who voted for President Donald Trump this year, announced he was immediately severing ties with the Republican Party over its refusal to admit defeat in the presidential election.
In a letter to the GOP leadership, Mitchell warned that Republicans in elected office may have helped Trump “wreak long-term damage to our democracy” by continuing to agree and reinforce allegations of widespread electoral fraud.
Mitchell announced that he is becoming an independent politician, although he had already planned to stop working in Congress at the end of the year.
Mitchell was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2016. He was a member of the GOP leadership and, in his own words, voted in favor of the Trump administration’s policies 95 percent of the time.