President Donald Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani both mistakenly made calls to Republican Sen. Mike Lee as deadly riots were unfolding at the US Capitol earlier this week — calls that were intended for another GOP senator the White House was frantically trying to convince to delay the counting of Electoral College votes.
Trump first called the personal cell phone of Lee, a Utah Republican, shortly after 2 p.m. ET. At that time the senators had been evacuated from the Senate floor and were in a temporary holding room, as a pro-Trump mob began breaching the Capitol.
Lee picked up the phone and Trump identified himself, and it became clear he was looking for Tuberville and had been given the wrong number. Lee, keeping the President on hold, went to find his colleague and handed Tuberville his phone, telling him the President was on the line and had been trying to reach him.
BREAKING: TRUMP ATTEMPTED TO EXTORT SENATORS TO OVERTURN ELECTION *WHILE VIOLENT TERRORISTS THREATENED THEM AT THE CAPITAL* 😳 https://t.co/TTFFaOMy5H
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) January 9, 2021