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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican Sen. Mike Lee may have been an upstart when he toppled a longtime senator in a tea party wave more than a decade ago, but in the dozen years since he’s managed to avoid a serious challenge in deeply conservative Utah. That’s changing this year as he faces two GOP challengers and a newly empowered independent who’s been backed by the Democrats. While Lee still has a solid base of support in Utah, the contest is shaping up to be his toughest reelection campaign yet as newly released text messages raise questions about his early involvement in efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The trove of messages show Lee promoted legally dubious schemes to keep then-President Donald Trump in power, before he shifted course and backed away. The text messages were revealed just days before Utah Democrats took the unprecedented step of passing over a Senate candidate of their own party and instead endorsing an independent, former long-shot presidential candidate Evan McMullin. The recent turn of events illustrate Lee’s potential vulnerability...
    There's a pretty straightforward way to determine which Republican lawmakers were themselves conned by the "election fraud" hoaxes that led directly to an attempted coup, and which were co-conspirators in those efforts. If you're a Republican aware of information relevant to how Donald Trump and his allies attempted the nullification of Trump's election loss but you refuse to talk about what you know, you're a co-conspirator. The cover-up is equivalent to the crime. There's not any room for ambiguity on this one; hiding evidence is an act to ally with the coup, and an act intended to pave the way for such a thing to happen again. Utah Sen. Mike Lee communicated with the White House in the run-up to the coup, proposing that "alternative slates of delegates" be sent by the states that would claim to be the real electors, pushing the White House to use the crackpot hoax promoter Sidney Powell to help push the plot, and publicly pushing the notion that there was "fraud" in the United States presidential election despite knowing, we can be sure, that there...
    According to former Republican National Committee spokesperson Tim Miller, nothing better demonstrates that even the “good Republicans” like Sen. Mike Lee (UT) engaged in hare-brained schemes to help Donald Trump steal the 2020 presidential election, than Lee’s text messages leading up to the Jan 6th insurrection. As Miller notes in his Bulwark column, there has existed a narrative that there were “good” Republicans who were not involved in plotting to keep Trump in the Oval Office no matter what voters decided, and then there were the fanatics who saw no problem with running roughshod over the Constitution. With CNN reporting that Lee and fellow Republican Rep. Chip Roy (TX) were frantically texting former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows asking for help in disrupting the certification of the vote, Miller suggested that the “insane” wing of the party is deeper than people think. With Lee and Roy’s texts demonstrating a swing from full-throated support for overturning to becoming appalled by the conspiracy theories and legal reasoning being put forth by former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, Miller wrote that the...
    According to former Republican National Committee spokesperson Tim Miller, nothing better demonstrates that even the “good Republicans” like Sen. Mike Lee (UT) engaged in hare-brained schemes to help Donald Trump steal the 2020 presidential election, than Lee’s text messages leading up to the Jan 6th insurrection. As Miller notes in his Bulwark column, there has existed a narrative that there were “good” Republicans who were not involved in plotting to keep Trump in the Oval Office no matter what voters decided, and then there were the fanatics who saw no problem with running roughshod over the Constitution. With CNN reporting that Lee and fellow Republican Rep. Chip Roy (TX) were frantically texting former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows asking for help in disrupting the certification of the vote, Miller suggested that the “insane” wing of the party is deeper than people think. With Lee and Roy’s texts demonstrating a swing from full-throated support for overturning to becoming appalled by the conspiracy theories and legal reasoning being put forth by former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, Miller wrote that the...
    Photo by George Frey/Getty Images The Republican Party has found its 2024 party platform, even if inadvertently. In the weeks following the 2020 presidential election, then-President Donald Trump and a cadre of cranks such as Mike Lindell and Sidney Powell falsely claimed the election had been stolen. It was a desperate, half-baked attempt to keep him in office. Given Trump’s grip over the Republican Party, most GOP lawmakers felt they had little choice and went along with this nonsense. Indeed, to this day many elected Republicans refuse to acknowledge Joe Biden won the presidency legitimately. One of these self-neutered sycophants is Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, who, in newly-released text messages obtained by CNN, wanted to overturn the 2020 election. “We need something from state legislatures to make this legitimate and to have any hope of winning,” Lee texted to then-White House Chief-of-Staff Mark Meadows. The senator was apparently holding out hope that GOP-controlled legislatures in states Biden won would somehow thwart the certification of his victory in those states. “Even if they can’t convene, it might be enough if...
    Utah Sen. Mike Lee, who stood against former President Donald Trump's election fraud claims on Jan. 6th, is revealed in text messages to the White House to have vouched for 'Kraken' lawyer Sidney Powell just weeks earlier.  The texts – which the Republican senator sent to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as Trump's effort to overturn the election was underway – provide a much broader view of Lee, a conservative who split with his friend Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who rallied the effort to refuse to accept votes for Joe Biden certified by states where Trump claimed fraud. They reveal that Lee, whose conservative legal chops include clerking for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, touted Powell to Meadows just days after the election when she was just starting to forward her ultimately doomed legal theories.  'Sydney [sic] Powell is saying that she needs to get in to see the president, but she's being kept away from him," Lee wrote to Meadows November 7,' according to texts obtained by CNN.  'Apparently she has a strategy to keep...
    In deep-red states across the country, many Republican candidates and lawmakers are jumping through hoops to gain the support of former President Donald Trump's base. While this approach works fairly well in red states, things are reportedly a bit different in Utah. According to Politico, Sen. Mike Lee's (R-Utah) shift toward Trump appears to be backfiring as his constituents aren't exactly pleased with his political posturing. Shortly after Trump was elected, Lee took "a full MAGA turn" and subsequently became "one of Trump’s staunchest allies in the Senate." In other states, such a radical shift might bode well for re-election, but things are a bit different in the Beehive State. In Utah, many Republican voters still do not embrace Trump as much as voters in other red states, and Lee's gravitation toward the forme president could lead to long-term complications as he works to be re-elected for a third term. Republican leaders and pundits in the state have offered their take on Lee's political shift and the reaction it's receiving from Utah voters. Carson Jorgensen, chair of...
    Sen. Mike Lee of Utah was vehemently critical of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on January 3, slamming his effort to change the filibuster rules as a “rash partisan power grab.” But according to Salt Lake Tribune reporter Bryan Schott, the conservative Utah Republican had no problem with altering the filibuster rules when Republicans were the majority party in the U.S. Senate. “Lee has supported previous changes to the filibuster backed by Republicans when they’ve been in control of the Senate,” Schott notes. “In 2013, the Democratic majority eliminated the 60-vote supermajority rule for all nominations other than for the Supreme Court. Four years later, the Republican majority killed the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees after Democrats filibustered the nomination of Neil Gorsuch.” Schott adds, “The possible reforms to the filibuster could range from outright elimination to a so-called ‘talking filibuster’ that requires the opposition party to hold the Senate floor through debate.” Lee, on January 3, argued that changing the filibuster rules would be “absurd and dangerous to the institution itself.” Statement on Senator Schumer\u2019s rule change threat:pic.twitter.com/114DfxPYyl —...
    Never Trump Republican-turned-Independent and former CIA officer Evan McMullin, who ran for president in 2016, is running for office again — this time, as a U.S. Senate candidate in Utah, where he will be taking on incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Lee in the 2022 midterms. And Never Trumper Jennifer Rubin, in an October 6 column for the Washington Post, applauds McMullin for jumping in the race. Deep red Utah has two Republican U.S. senators: Lee and Sen. Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who lost to President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election (Rubin voted for him) but won by a landslide when he ran for the U.S. Senate via his adopted home of Utah in 2018. Rubin, in her column, argues that while Romney has had the guts to stand up to former President Donald Trump, Lee has taken "the path of least resistance" where Trump is concerned. "Lee, unlike his fellow Utah senator, Mitt Romney, has repeatedly tried to stay in the good graces of the MAGA mob rather than stand up for the Constitution," Rubin explains....
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin launched a campaign Tuesday to challenge Republican Sen. Mike Lee in Utah, a conservative state where McMullin made inroads with voters uncomfortable with then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. McMullin, a former CIA agent and congressional aide to Republicans, settled in Utah after capturing more than 20% of the state’s presidential vote in 2016. In a tweet announcing his campaign Tuesday, he said “extremism, division and conspiracy now threaten our quality of life and democratic republic.” The brand of conservatism popular in Utah, by contrast, tends to seek more of a middle ground and values politeness — qualities that initially made many voters uncomfortable with Trump. “I’m not running as a Republican or a Democrat,” McMullin said in a statement. “I’m running as a patriot, as an American committed to defending our nation and changing our politics for the better.” The 2022 Senate race promises to test whether lingering discomfort with Trump-style Republican politics remains a political force in Utah. Lee, a two-term incumbent who first...
    Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee vehemently criticized Facebook for the negative effects its platforms have on users, arguing the tech giant is acting like a monopoly. “This looks like the behavior of a monopolist that’s so sure its customers have nowhere to go that it displays a reckless disregard for its consumers,” Lee told Steve Satterfield, Facebook’s vice president of privacy and public policy, during a Tuesday Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on data privacy and competition. Lee referenced an investigation published last week by The Wall Street Journal which found Facebook had conducted research on, and had knowledge of, the negative effects its image-sharing platform Instagram had on the mental health of teen users. The senator said the investigation revealed “shocking, stunning lapses in Facebook’s ability to protect its users,” arguing Facebook believed it could act negligently towards consumers due to its size and unilateral control over user data. “Doesn’t it look to you like Facebook is behaving like a monopolist?” Lee asked Satterfield. “What could be a better example of monopoly power?” Here is how @HawleyMO closed his questions to Facebook....
                        On Monday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee (R-TN) joined 25 other Republican Governors in signing a letter requesting to meet with President Joe Biden regarding the southern border crisis within the next 15 days. The letter reads, “As chief executives of our states, we request a meeting with you at The White House to bring an end to the national security crisis created by eight months of unenforced borders.” The letter goes on to say, “While governors are doing what we can, our Constitution requires that the President must faithfully execute the immigration laws passed by Congress. Not only has the federal government created a crisis, it has left our states to deal with challenges that only the federal government has a duty to solve.”In addition to Governor Bill Lee, other signatories to the letter include Governors Kay Ivey (R-AL), Mike Dunleavy (R-AK), Doug Ducey (R-AZ), Asa Hutchinson (R-AR), Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Brian Kemp (R-GA), Brad Little (R-ID), Eric Holcomb (R-IN), Kim Reynolds (R-IA), Charlie Baker (R-MA), Larry Hogan...
    Critical race theory undermines national unity and threatens to take the country "backward in time," said Sen. Mike Lee. The "dangerous" philosophy about systemic racial discrimination has infiltrated institutions, including schools and the military, and teaches a rejection of the country's founding principles, the Utah Republican said Tuesday. "Critical race theory is based on the premise that the United States is a fundamentally racist country and that American hallmarks such as the Constitution, property rights, color blindness and equal protection under the law are vestiges of white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalist oppression," Lee wrote for Deseret News. "It categorizes people as either oppressors or victims based on skin color, making race the prism through which American life is viewed." VIRGINIA PARENTS DECRY 'PERVERSE' CRITICAL RACE THEORY Critical race theory, which has come to represent a variety of concepts about race and the history of discrimination in the U.S., has led to parents of students protesting curricula in their school board meetings. Republican-led legislatures have also considered or passed bills prohibiting the teaching of critical race...
    Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, joined "Hannity" Tuesday to discuss the Senate Republicans' success blocking the sweeping legislation on election reforms. LEE: "I'm thrilled that we defeated S.1 tonight. This was a victory for the angels. This bill was written in hell by the devil himself. This bill would make it easier to vote. This would make it easier to vote illegally. This is the "Corrupt Politicians Act", and I'm glad we defeated it. Most importantly Sean, we have to remember that this would have arranged for federal taxpayer dollars to fund campaigns. Several of my colleagues have pointed out to me in the last few days that in their campaigns, if this bill had been law, they would have personally been entitled to tens of millions of dollars of federal taxpayer subsidies into their campaigns. Sean, there's one thing the American people do not want, and that's for the federal government to be running politicians' campaigns. And I'm thrilled that we stopped it." … This bill, S.1, of course, had nothing to do with 2020, had nothing to do with...
    Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee said that a return to “old policies” would solve the problems at the southern border during a Friday appearance on Fox News “It’s a tragedy that we make it harder for U.S. citizens to come back to their own country than we do for people who are coming here illegally and enriching the drug cartels in the process,” Lee told Fox News. 1/2 The Biden Administration has closed the border to press in an attempt to minimize the crisis so we are here to tell the story of what’s really happening. pic.twitter.com/Ip4KGtPxx0 — Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) March 26, 2021 “I’m told from some sources that the people coming through the caravans are testing positive for COVID at a rate seven times what we see here. This is unacceptable. It absolutely defies reason and logic. And these are solvable problems. All we have to do is go back to old policies that we’ve got through bilateral agreements with our northern and southern neighbors, Canada and Mexico, and we expand that,” Lee explained. Lee went on...
    The book When Harry Became Sally came out in 2018 and was a bestseller and looked at 'public policy on gender identity and the human costs of getting it wrong' A group of Republican Senators are to write to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demanding answers as to why a book that 'challenges the transgender movement' has been pulled from the site. When Harry Became Sally was on the site's bestseller list with the book providing 'thoughtful answers to questions arising from our transgender moment' while offering 'a balanced approach to public policy on gender identity, and a sober assessment of the human costs of getting human nature wrong.'  But the book by Ryan T. Anderson has been removed having been on sale for the last three years.   In a letter to Jeff Bezos, the Republican senators who include Marco Rubio of Florida, Mike Lee of Utah, Mike Braun of Indiana and Josh Hawley of Missouri are demanding further information as to what led to the pulling of the title which is also no longer on Kindle or Audible. Sen....
    Madison Summers February 20, 2021 0 Comments Even if Republican lawmakers come to different conclusions with their vote, “there is enough room in the Republican tent,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) says. Lee called on “more work” to be done in the Republican Party to “chart the proper course for our party” in a statement on Friday. While noting Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-Utah) and he “usually vote together” with “a majority of Senate Republicans,” the two lawmakers voted differently on Feb. 13. Lee voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on the charge of inciting an insurrection while Romney voted to convict Trump. He recalled the experience to “cast a vote contrary to those cast by most (or even all) of our GOP colleagues,” saying, “It can be liberating. It can be terrifying. It is often both.” Lee continued: “In any event, the fact that Senator Romney and I sometimes disagree (either with each other or with most Senate Republicans, or both) is not itself cause for alarm. To the contrary, it shows that neither one of us blindly defers...
    The first day of arguments at President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial ended in chaos when Sen. Mike Lee tried to object to evidence that referenced him.  'Statements were attributed to me moments ago by the House impeachment managers, statements related to the content of conversations between - a phone call involving President Trump and Senator Tuberville, were not made by me, they're not accurate and they're contrary to fact,' Lee said on the heels of primary impeachment manager, Rep. Jamie Raskin, saying they were done for the day.  Lee took issue with part of Rep. David Cicilline's presentation, which was supposed to show the senators where Trump's mind was at during the deadly January 6 siege.  Sen. Mike Lee delayed the close of the first day of arguments at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial by trying to strike evidence from the record. Lee was mentioned because Trump had accidentally tried to call his phone to reach Sen. Tommy Tuberville  Sen. Mike Lee's objection led to several minutes of chaos and confusion as lawmakers tried to decide whether what was...
    President Donald Trump is ramping up pressure on Republican senators to join their colleagues in the effort to overturn Joe Biden's election victory. And he's doing it publicly and bluntly.  Trump targeted Senator Mike Lee on Monday night, announcing he's 'angry' at the Utah Republican at a campaign rally in Georgia for the two Senate candidates in that state. 'Mike Lee is here, but I'm a little angry at him,' Trump said at the event. His comments came after Lee announced he didn't support objecting to the election results when Congress meets on Wednesday to certify them. Lee's Republican colleagues, Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, are leading the objection charge in the upper chamber. President Donald Trump is ramping up pressure on Republican senators to over turn the election results, targeting Senator Mike Lee with the announcement he's 'angry' at the Utah Republican at a campaign rally in Georgia on Monday night Senator Mike Lee sent a letter to his Republican colleagues in the Senate explaining why he doesn't support the plan to objection to states' results...
    Utah Republican Sen. Mike NBC News reports that during Senate debate to establish a Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino in Washington, D.C., Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee railed against its creation by suggesting “that Latinos were not subjected to systemic racism or erasure of their history.” Then he erased the museum that would document their history. Lee single-handedly blocked the measure, along with a second measure to establish an American Women's History Museum, when legislators tried to pass the bipartisan bills through voice vote on Thursday. “The legislation has overwhelming support in the Senate and passed the House of Representatives unanimously,” Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez’s office said, “but a single Senator can thwart a bill from being passed by unanimous consent.” And that’s exactly what Lee did. NBC News reports that Lee’s reasoning for opposing a museum for Latinos but not other groups is because “museums for African Americans and Native Americans were built because those groups were subjected to systemic racism and their stories in history were erased.” That’s some truly fucking twisted logic, when a 1994 Smithsonian Institution Task Force on Latinos called the...
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