'You had no role': Ex-RNC chair blasts Lindsey Graham for thinking he had 'more clout' than GA senators
Former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele tore into United States Senator Lindsey Graham on Monday over the GOP senator's recent assertion that he never told Georgia election officials to "go find the votes."
Graham is one of the 21 individuals a Georgia special grand jury recommended for prosecution over their alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election, but Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis chose not to pursue charges.
Spectrum News reports, "Speaking to reporters later Friday, Graham maintained that what he did was 'consistent' with his job responsibilities as a U.S. Senator and 'at the end of the day, nothing happened.'"
The Republican said, "I called around different states including Georgia as a sitting Untied States senator, chairman of the Judiciary Committee. I eventually certified the election in all states, including Georgia. I didn't find any evidence of mass voter fraud, but I did have concerns about the mail-in ballot systems in Georgia and other places."
During Monday's episode of MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber, Melber asked Steele, "What do you hear when you hear Graham now saying, 'I never said what Trump said, 'Go find the votes.'"
Steele replied, "Can't stroke back fast enough from what he knows is a very volatile and very dangerous legal position to be in. Number one, as a U.S. senator, you have no role here. It's ceremonial. You come up you sit in the chamber, you cast that vote, you move on. Now, there are questions as a process within the Senate to deal with that. Ask him, in any other election, did you make a phone call in 2000, Bush v. Gore election, saying, 'Did you make that call? What the hell was going on in Florida?' No you didn't. Why? Because you had no role there. So, the inquiries he was making was on behalf of Trump. He was bringing pressure from elsewhere. You're the senator from South Carolina."
Stele continued, "If the senator from the state of Georgia didn't make the phone call, why the hell are you making it? When do you have more clout than they do to enforce the secretary of state of their state to act or engage in a way that is contra, or counterintuitive, number one, but illegal, potentially. Where does that come from? So, Lindsey — it's all over the place. Right? There's no straight line here with them. If you claim someone is a racist, then you embrace them, what does that make you? If you claim someone is an insurrectionist, and you embrace them, what does that make you? So, you know, these guys want to tell America, now, 'Well, I was against Donald Trump before I was with him, but now I'm against him again.' We're just not having any of it. Stop it. We don't care. You have shown us you are, and the legal system caught up with you, and now you are going to sit there and say, 'Well, all I did was just want to find out what was going on.' Well you had no role or place to do that. And the judge, again, caught you on it."
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