Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, meets with individuals of the Senate Minority Caucus on the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Feb. 22. Lee says he could be keen to speak to the Jan. 6 investigative committee if he have been requested. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)
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SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Mike Lee, whose textual content messages raised questions over his involvement in looking to overturn the 2020 election, says he could be keen to speak to the Jan. 6 investigative committee if he have been requested.
“Oh, certain. I’d all the time be keen to speak in the event that they wish to communicate,” the Utah Republican mentioned on Fox News Sunday.
Lee mentioned the committee has now not sought to talk with him within the type of a deposition or in some other manner.
In addition to discussing the Jan. 6 listening to, Lee additionally replied to questions on a bipartisan framework for gun protection unveiled remaining week, pronouncing he “refuses” to signify how he would vote on a invoice he hasn’t noticed.
Fox News anchor Shannon Bream confirmed Lee a clip of former President Donald Trump calling the Jan. 6 committee hearings a “whole and overall lie. It’s an entire and overall fraud” sooner than mentioning the senator’s textual content messages to then White House leader of team of workers Mark Meadows.
“I knew how unhealthy Joe Biden could be as president. I knew how unhealthy he could be within the Oval Office,” Lee mentioned. “There was once some uncertainty within the wake of the election.”
Near the top of December, he mentioned, there have been rumors suggesting some states have been retreating and reallocating their electoral votes.
Lee mentioned he communicated with Meadows to determine if the rumors have been true since the Senate has a job in certifying the votes.
I could not get solutions, so I reached out to state lawmakers in quite a lot of states, now not looking to affect any individual, merely looking for out if the rumors have been true. The rumors were not true.
–Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah
“I could not get solutions, so I reached out to state lawmakers in quite a lot of states, now not looking to affect any individual, merely looking for out if the rumors have been true. The rumors were not true. No state had any purpose of retreating its slate of electoral votes and that made it a very simple determination on my phase to vote to certify the result of the election,” he mentioned.
Lee exchanged dozens of textual content messages with Meadows exploring tactics for the Trump management to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
In an interview in April, Lee mentioned he was once now not doing the bidding of the White House. He mentioned his most effective purpose was once to determine Congress’ position in a presidential election and type thru theories the Trump marketing campaign pursued to problem the result.
In a textual content to Meadows in a while after the 2020 election, Lee presented his “unequivocal give a boost to so that you can exhaust each and every felony and constitutional treatment at your disposal to revive Americans’ religion in our elections.”
Earlier this month, Lee mentioned the documentary movie “2000 Mules” made via conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza raises “important” questions on what would possibly have came about within the election. The movie tries to make the case that vast fraud passed off within the 2020 election.
The Reuters Fact Check Team concluded “2000 Mules” does now not supply any concrete, verifiable proof of well-liked voter fraud within the 2020 election. Former Trump management Attorney General William Barr described the documentary as “singularly unimpressive” in his interview with the Jan. 6 committee.
During the Fox News Sunday interview, Bream additionally pressed Lee about proposed gun reform rules.
Last week, 10 Republican and 10 Democratic senators, together with Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, introduced a framework for gun protection regulation that comes with assets for states to put in force purple flag rules, funding in psychological well being remedy and faculty safety, and an added stage of scrutiny for gun consumers underneath the age of 21. A invoice for the proposal has now not been drafted.
The proposal got here within the wake of fatal mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York.
Lee mentioned the “gang of 20” does not have a deal or a invoice in any respect however quite an settlement on a sequence of extensive guarantees.
“We’ve were given to watch out on every occasion one thing like this occurs that we now not legislate underneath the warmth of the instant, underneath nice emotion with out taking a look on the textual content (of a invoice) and determine what we are doing,” he mentioned. “We want to watch out that we now not punish law-abiding Americans for the wrongs performed via the criminally minded and the insane.”
Bream confirmed Lee new Fox News polling knowledge that discovered 88% of electorate give a boost to background tests for gun purchases, 82% desire elevating the felony age to shop for attack rifles from 18 to 21, 81% again purple flag rules, and 63% give a boost to an attack guns ban.
“There is numerous momentum a minimum of some of the public sphere for doing this. Are you out of step together with your constituents?” Bream requested Lee.
“What’s vital is that we glance out for the rights of constituents,” Lee mentioned. “Constituents are requested ballot questions. They’re now not requested questions on particular language inside of legislative textual content. It’s the activity of the lawmaker to appear out for the pursuits and the rights of the law-abiding voters they constitute.”
Lee mentioned that “with each and every of the ones provisions, I know how they might get prime recognition rankings when they do not outline them.” He mentioned that probably the most proposals within the polling are too obscure, including that there’s no common definition of an attack rifle.
Lee mentioned the language of a invoice issues as it determines whether or not the regulation intrudes at the rights of Americans.