LANCING, Michigan. (AP) – President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer on Wednesday called on Republican activists in Michigan to pressure, even threaten, the GOP-controlled legislature to “strengthen” and award the 16 votes of Trump’s state despite 154,000 – vote victory.
Rudy Giuliani made baseless allegations of “massive fraud across the country” before testifying before the Republican-led legislature. Just a day earlier, Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election.
GOP legislative leaders have said they will not try to replace voters in Michigan.
Giuliani said the US constitution gives legislators the right to appoint voters directly, although the legislature has long passed a law that distributes them as the people̵
“They are the ones who must have the courage to step up,” Giuliani told lawmakers during a virtual event hosted by the Republican Party in Michigan. “You have state legislators who are so scared that it’s hard for them to focus on that. You need to make them remember that their oath to the Constitution sometimes requires criticism. Sometimes he even has to be threatened. “
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, who was among Republican lawmakers attending an emergency meeting with Trump at the White House less than two weeks ago, reiterated Tuesday that the legislature will not undermine the will of the electorate.
“We will follow the law and follow the normal process for voters in Michigan,” he tweeted. “Allegations that lawmakers in Michigan have power other than that explicitly established in state law are inaccurate. Any change will require the intervention of our courts. “
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