Statement from Evan McMullin on Mike Lee’s efforts to overturn 2020 election

Sen. Mike Lee suggested “alternative slates of delegates” from “a very small handful of states” to overturn election. On Friday, a CNN Exclusive revealed Sen. Mike Lee was significantly more involved in efforts to overturn the 2020 election than he initially claimed to be. 

New text messages reveal Lee pursued suspect and controversial arguments in order to potentially stop the certification of electors prior to Jan. 6. Following a press conference in which former President Donald Trump’s lawyers claimed widespread fraud, Lee asked then White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, “Please tell me what I should be saying.” Lee then suggested the idea of sending fake electors from “a very small handful of states,” and then two days before Jan. 6, said he’d been working on efforts to help Trump remain in power as much as “14 hours a day.” 

“Senator Lee was far more involved in the effort to overturn American democracy than we previously knew,” Evan McMullin said. “…even suggesting for key states to appoint fake electors as early as December 8th. Lee intentionally misrepresented his involvement to keep Trump in power against the people’s will. He put our Constitution and our freedoms at risk. He has no place in the United States Senate. He must be held accountable. Lee has a responsibility to tell Utahns the truth about his role in this dark episode in American history.”