Mike Lee praises Trump for resisting Clinton lawfare, warns Biden of slippery slope

Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee said chants of “lock her up” in regard to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made him “uncomfortable” and urged President Biden to refrain from starting a cycle of political lawfare in the wake of former President Trump’s guilty verdict. 

“They could still do the right thing and perhaps put the genie back in the bottle,” the Republican told Fox News Digital in a Monday interview. 

“There’s so many instances of reversible error in this New York conviction that [Manhattan District Attorney Alvin] Bragg’s office, and those who are handling this case on appeal could, and I believe, should confess error on appeal and walk away from the whole thing and leave it alone,” he said. 

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Last month, Trump was found guilty on all 34 counts of falsifying business records by a New York jury. 

Lee led several Republican colleagues on a pledge, vowing not to comply with their Democrat counterparts in the Senate after the verdict.

“Strongly worded statements are not enough. Those who turned our judicial system into a political cudgel must be held accountable. We are no longer cooperating with any Democrat legislative priorities or nominations, and we invite all concerned Senators to join our stand,” he announced at the time. 

According to the senator, “We can’t, in the wake of that conviction, pretend that nothing has happened – Pretend that this is just now going to be business as usual.”

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“The pledge is an attempt to harness that message,” he explained. 

So far, 14 senators have joined him, including National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., who is running for Republican leader to succeed outgoing Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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“I do think we’re going to continue to pick up more Republican senators as time goes on,” Lee predicted.

He noted that his Democrat counterparts haven’t given it much of a response or paid it much attention: “We’ll see how much they feel it as it gains more steam.”

“It’s still a minority of the minority conference,” however, he said he expects that will change. 

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The Utah senator further suggested, “Jon Tester has got to be feeling it. Sherrod Brown has got to be feeling it,” referencing pressure to push back against Trump’s guilty verdict. The two senators are part of a group of several Democrat incumbents who are facing competitive challenges to their re-election bids. 

Lee also rejected the idea that the pledge to disallow any increases to nonsecurity funding as well as any money toward funding “partisan lawfare” would cause a government shutdown.

“There’s nothing about this that even necessarily makes a shutdown any more likely than it would be otherwise,” he said, noting he expects a stopgap funding bill to be necessary when current appropriations bills run out in September.

The White House did not provide comment to Fox News Digital for purposes of this story.