Two days later, on Jan. 6, pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol. After the riot, Graham told Trump from the Senate floor, “Count me out. Enough is enough. I’ve tried to be helpful.” Graham “has since tacked back, visiting Trump at Mar-a-Lago, speaking to him regularly,” and saying the GOP needs him, The Washington Post reports. “Still, he has continued to deliver criticism directly to Trump, according to the book. In a phone call this summer, he bemoaned Trump’s volatility and focus on voter fraud, telling the former president, ‘You f—ed your presidency up.’ Trump abruptly hung up on him.” A Graham spokesman declined the Post’s request for comment.
Lee, who CNN calls “one of the Senate’s top Republican constitutional authorities,” was equally unimpressed with Eastman’s six-point plan for Vice President Mike Pence to hand Trump the election. “Lee’s head was spinning,” the authors write. “No such procedure existed in the Constitution, any law, or past practice. Eastman had apparently drawn it out of thin air.” Eastman spoke at the Jan. 6 rally before the riot, and a week later, California’s Chapman College announced his immediate retirement as law professor. You can read his Pence memo via CNN.