LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson did not have advanced knowledge of robocalls issued by a Republican group of attorneys general urging supporters of President Donald Trump to descend on the U.S. Capitol last week, his office said.
Suzanne Gage, spokeswoman for Peterson’s office, said he first became aware of the calls made by the fundraising arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association on Thursday, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Peterson is a member of the association.
Peterson did not condone or agree with the robocalls, Gage said.
The comments came in response to questions posed by state Sen. Megan Hunt, of Omaha, who is asking for information about Peterson’s membership in the group and whether public funds were used to help pay for the robocalls. Gage said no state funds are used for Peterson’s membership in the group.
Alabama’s attorney general has called for an investigation into who may have authorized the Rule of Law Defense Fund — the Republican Attorneys General Association — to promote the pro-Trump rally in Washington on Wednesday that preceded a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Peterson was among several Republican attorneys general who supported a lawsuit filed by the Texas attorney general to overturn the presidential election results in four battleground states in hopes of making Trump the winner. The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit.