House impeachment leaders were forced to remove part of their case against former President Trump after Senator Mike Lee, from Utah, said it was untrue.
Impeachment managers during a presentation in President Trump’s impeachment trial Wednesday said that on the day of the Capitol Hill attack, Trump called Lee, thinking he was calling Senator Tommy Tuberville, a close ally from Alabama.
“He called Senator Lee by accident, and Lee informs him that he just ended a prayer meeting in the Senate,” said David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island and a current impeachment manager.
It was implied that Lee “stood by” on the call and that President Trump asked Senator Tuberville to make “more objections” to election certification, which lawmakers were planning to complete on that day.
After this presentation, Lee stood up and called for Democrats to withdraw the presentation that included this story.
“Statements that were said to be mine, statements about the conversations between President Trump and Senator Tuberville, were not accurate,” Lee stated.
Democrats attempted to vote Lee down and fight the call to remove the presentation but gave up in the end.
They claim the information about the call between Trump, Lee and Tuberville came from “a newspaper story” and agreed to remove it, with the potential of bringing the issue up again today, when the Senate reconvenes for the third day of the impeachment trial.
The news story in question is Utah’s Deseret News story that quoted Lee as saying that Trump misdialed his office trying to contact Tuberville while the attack was happening. The story does not share any quotes from Lee about Trump asking Tuberville for more objections to the election certification.