Former President Trump pushed back on claims that Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) vetted Trump’s claims about the 2020 election, saying he spent “virtually no time” with the senators.
Trump issued a statement through his Save America PAC on Wednesday amid reports from the book “Peril” by journalists Bod Woodward and Robert Costa that the GOP senators were unpersuaded by Trump’s claims of election fraud after undergoing separate efforts to investigate them.
“I spent virtually no time with Senators Mike Lee of Utah, or Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, talking about the 2020 Presidential Election Scam or, as it is viewed by many, the ‘Crime of the Century,’” Trump said.
“Lindsey and Mike should be ashamed of themselves for not putting up the fight necessary to win,” the former president continued
According to "Peril," Graham reportedly asked for evidence from Trump’s legal team that allegedly raised questions about vote totals in several states.
Graham — who was then chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee — sent the evidence to the panel’s top legal counsel Lee Holmes. Holmes would find that the evidence “added up to nothing.”
The book also claimed that that Lee oversaw a “parallel” effort to investigate Trump’s claims, but was ultimately unpersuaded.
After the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, both men voted to uphold the 2020 election results.