The Honduran government is upholding the rule of law and supporting democracy, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said after returning from a fact-finding trip to the country.

DeMint led a delegation including Reps. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) The lawmakers met with Honduran President Roberto Micheletti, Supreme Court justices, and candidates in upcoming November 29 elections.

"[W]e saw a government working hard to follow the rule of law, uphold its constitution, and to protect democracy for the people of Honduras," DeMint said. "We are very encouraged by what we saw and we hope to be able to work with our administration to support the upcoming elections."

DeMint added that he'd have more to say after he briefed his Senate colleagues.

Micheletti took power when President Manuel Zelaya was forcibly exiled. The White House considers that move an illegal coup, but some conservatives, including DeMint, say the change in regime was the only way to stop Zelaya from unconstitutionally strengthening his grip on power.

DeMint's trip was almost blocked by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, who was upset that DeMint had placed a hold on two administration nominees. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) eventually intervened to approve the trip.