UTAH (ABC4) — A series of text messages recently released Friday show Utah Senator Mike Lee reportedly wanted to overturn the 2020 election results.
According to CNN, Lee exchanged text messages with Mark Meadows, who was Trump’s White House chief of staff and U.S. Representative Chip Roy of Texas. The texts have never been seen by the public before this report.
The report made public more than 100 text messages between the two Republican lawmakers and allies of former President Donald Trump, covering the period from November 7, 2020 to the day of the January 6 attacks on the US Capitol.
The exchange showed both lawmakers supported legal challenges to the election results, but later show they backed off from the idea.
In a text exchange with Meadows on Nov. 7, Lee expressed his “unequivocal support for you to exhaust all legal and constitutional remedies available to you to restore Americans’ confidence in our elections.”
In a statement to CNN, Lee’s director of communications, Lee Lonsberry, said, “I would like to emphasize that Senator Lee has been completely transparent,” referring to Lee’s initial call for an investigation into allegations of fraud. , but later acknowledging President Joe Biden’s victory. .
The published texts show that at one point Lee worked to get attorney Sidney Powell to gain access to Trump inside the White House, saying, “Sydney Powell says she has to come in to see the president, but she’s kept away from him,” Lee wrote to Meadows on Nov. 7. “Apparently she has a strategy to keep things alive and bring multiple states back into play. Can you help her get in?
In a text sent to Meadows on Jan. 3, Lee shifted gears, saying Trump’s efforts to send alternate voters to Congress were not legitimate.
“I only know this will end badly for the president unless we have the Constitution on our side,” Lee texted Meadows. “And unless those states submit new lists of Trump voters in accordance with state law, we won’t.”
Lee and Roy then voted to officially certify the election stations, inaugurating Biden’s presidency. More than 100 Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate were still on the opposite side at that time.
When ABC4 asked for a statement, Lee’s communications director, Lee Lonsberry, said:
“The text messages tell the same story that Senator Lee told from the Senate floor the day he voted to certify the election results for every state in the country. They tell the story of a United States Senator fulfilling his duty to Utah and the American people by following the Constitution. I would direct you to the full text of Senator Lee’s remarks on January 6 where it is clearly explained in his own words.
To see the full text exchange, Click here.