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Lee objects to statements during Trump's impeachment trial

Trump Impeachment Mike Lee
Posted at 9:09 AM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 09:51:50-05

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump's impeachment trial temporarily ground to a standstill when Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah objected to the prosecutors' characterization of a phone call he fielded from the then-president just as senators were being evacuated during the Capitol siege.

Late Thursday evening, a spokesperson for Sen. Lee put out this statement:

"Of course he met with them. They asked to meet. Sen. Lee would be happy to meet with the House managers too."

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It had been reported that Trump mistakenly called Lee when he was trying to reach Sen. Tommy Tuberville, the Republican from Alabama. According to the reports, Trump was trying to reach Tuberville to discuss objecting to the certification of Electoral College votes.

House prosecutor Rep. David Cicilline recounted news reports, but Lee objected and asked that they be stricken from the record as false.

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It's unclear what aspect of the comments Lee wanted removed. But House impeachment managers agreed to strike the reference from the record.

Lead prosecutor Rep. Jamie Raskin said they may revisit it later.