New report sheds light on Mike Lee's involvement in a plot to overturn the 2020 presidential election
A new report is shedding light on Sen. Mike Lee's (R-Utah) attempt to Constitutionally justify former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the presidential election.
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection has released a transcript detailing his conversations with top lawyers who worked on Trump's campaign.
"Transcripts, documents, text messages, and the final report from the House Jan. 6th Committee show Lee actively tried to keep Donald Trump in the White House, despite Trump’s loss to Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 election, and only abandoned the plot when it threatened to expand beyond that constitutional framework," the report reads.
The report also went in-depth about Lee's communications with Cleta Mitchell, a legal advisor for the former president's campaign.
"The Jan. 6 committee has now revealed that Lee was communicating with top Trump campaign legal adviser Cleta Mitchell that same day about strategies for keeping Trump in office," the report reads. "Mitchell was part of the now-infamous phone call where Trump pressured Georgia election officials to 'find' enough votes to give him the win in that state."
One of the text messages also focused on Lee texting Mitchell saying, “What should I be doing right now? I’m trying to find out what’s winnable and what isn’t. I suspect that the only way to win this election would involve identifying systemic fraud.”
At one point, Lee also contacted Mitchell in hopes of obtaining more information about alternate electors.
“Is there any chance we will see competing slates of electors named in some states?” Lee asked.
Mitchell reportedly instructed the Utah lawmaker to contact former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows who also had a role in the scheme. One day prior to Mitchell's suggestion, Lee per Salt Lake Tribune insisted that if “a very small handful of states' appointed alternate electors, 'there could be a path'" to overturn the election.
Although Mitchell has been tied to the scheme, she offered a different perspective during her testimony before the committee. According to her, Lee was the mastermind behind the idea.
“It wasn’t my idea,"Mitchell claimed. "It was actually Mike Lee’s idea."
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