Lawyers for former President Donald Trump worked to the end to overturn President Biden’s victory, and that included arguing their case with two Republican Senators, Lindsey Graham (SC) and Mike Lee (Utah), a few days before Congress certifies the results on January 6. , according to Danger, the new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. Graham and Lee listened intently to Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman’s pitches, respectively, and even continued their own research. And finally, the details of the book, they weren’t at all impressed.
On January 2, Giuliani introduced Graham to an IT whiz who said his statistical analysis showed Biden was losing, Woodward and Costa report. Graham said he needed “some names” and “some evidence,” so Giuliani returned two days later with several memos and affidavits claiming fraud.
Graham sent Giuliani’s memos to his chief Judicial Committee counsel, Lee Holmes, who “found the carelessness, the authoritative tone of certainty, and the inconsistencies disqualifying” and “pointed out to Graham that the data contained in the memos were a concoction, with an intimidating tone and eighth-grade writing, ”the authors write. “Third year,” Graham reportedly retorted. “I can get an affidavit tomorrow saying the world is flat.”
Two days later, on January 6, pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol. After the riot, Graham told Trump from the Senate, “Count me in. Enough is enough. I’ve tried to be helpful.” Graham “has since turned around, visiting Trump in Mar-a-Lago, speaking to him regularly,” and saying the GOP needed him, The Washington Post reports. Nonetheless, he continued to criticize Trump directly, according to the book. On a phone call this summer, he lamented Trump’s volatility and focused on voter fraud, telling the former president, ‘You fucked up your presidency. . ‘ Trump abruptly hung up on him. “A spokesperson for Graham declined the To postrequest for comments.
Lee, who CNN calls “one of the main Republican constitutional authorities in the Senate,” was also unimpressed with Eastman’s six-point plan for Vice President Mike Pence to hand Trump the election. “Lee’s head was spinning,” write the authors. “No such procedure existed in the Constitution, no past law or practice. Eastman had apparently drawn it out of nowhere.” Eastman spoke at the Jan.6 rally before the riot, and a week later, Chapman College in California announced his immediate retirement as a law professor. You can read his Pence memo via CNN.