A spokesman for Lee said the call from Trump and his attorney was aimed at Alabama-elected Senator Tommy Tuberville.
Lee picked up the phone and Trump identified himself, and it was reported that he was looking for Tuberville and got the wrong number. Lee, retaining the president, went to his colleague and handed him Tuberville’s phone, telling him that the president was on the line and was trying to reach him.
Tuberville spoke with Trump in less than 10 minutes, with the president trying to persuade him to oppose further college elections in a futile attempt to block the adoption of President Joe Biden, according to sources familiar with the call. The call was cut because senators were asked to move to a safer place.
CNN contacted the Tuberville office for comment.
“Based on information from the data transfer,” said Sen. Tuberville? Or should I say Coach Tuberville. This is Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, “he said.
“I am calling you because I want to discuss with you how they are trying to speed up this hearing and how we want you, our fellow Republicans, to try to slow it down so that we can get these legislatures to get more information on you,” Giuliani said, citing a referendum.
“I know they are reuniting tonight, but it is … the only strategy we can do is to oppose more states and raise issues so that we can move on tomorrow – especially until tomorrow.”
Tuberville was unaware that Giuliani had been trying to reach him until a public report was released, according to sources.
CNN reported Wednesday that even after the General Assembly resumed that night after the riots, Trump was still urging senators to step up protests against Biden’s declaration of president, according to sources quoted as saying.
CNN’s Manu Raju and Jim Acosta contributed to this report.