DETROIT (AP) – President Donald Trump has convened Michigan Republican legislative leaders at the White House for a meeting Friday amid long-running pressure from the CSO to revoke Democrat Joe Biden’s certification of victory on the battlefield.
Two people familiar with the matter told the Associated Press that Trump had invited Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Parliament Speaker Lee Chatfield. They agreed to go, according to a government official familiar with the leaders’ plans. The two employees spoke on condition of anonymity because they were discussing personal conversations.
It was not immediately clear what the meeting would be about. Neither Shirky nor Chatfield commented.
The legislature will be called upon to elect voters if Trump succeeds in convincing the airline state council not to certify Biden̵
Both Shirky and Chatfield have indicated they will not try to undo Biden’s victory.
“Michigan law does not include a provision for the legislature to directly elect voters or to award voters to anyone other than the person who received the most votes,” a Shirki spokeswoman said last week.
Also Thursday, government officials said Michigan’s largest county could not revoke its certification of election results after two Republicans who approved the local Biden landslide wanted to return to their original position by refusing to bless the election. .
The GOP’s effort to change position is another complication of what is usually a routine task. Monica Palmer and William Hartman, two Republican adventurers in Wayne County, said they voted to verify the results only after “hours of constant pressure” and after receiving promises that their election concerns would be investigated.
“We deserve better – but more importantly, the American people deserve better – than being forced to accept an outcome achieved through intimidation, fraud and threats of violence,” they said in a statement Wednesday night. “Wayne County voters must have full confidence in this process.”
Government officials said the certification of the vote in the Detroit area would continue. The chief election official in Michigan said a post-election audit would be conducted, although the “mythical allegations” of fraud were not being investigated.
“There is no legal mechanism for them to cancel their vote. Their work is done and the next step in the process is for the Council of State Council to meet and certify, “said Tracy Wimmer, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Secretary of State.
The four-member state council, scheduled to meet Monday, is divided into two Democrats and two Republicans, the same composition as the Wayne County board.
The Trump campaign says the latest information about the faces of Palmer and Hartmann is legitimate. He withdrew a federal lawsuit challenging the results of the Detroit area, attaching sworn statements from the couple.
Palmer and Hartman initially voted against the certification on Tuesday, leaving the Canvassers County Council at a dead end at 2-2 along party lines. Palmer complained that some sections in Detroit were out of balance, which meant that absent ballots did not match the number of ballots cast.
“This is not an indication that the votes were cast or counted incorrectly,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
The GOP’s move provoked immediate public reproach and put party politics in business on an undisclosed panel that should confirm the will of the electorate. A person familiar with the matter told the AP that Trump had contacted Palmer and Hartmann. on Tuesday night after the revised vote to thank them for their support.
In a statement, the couple said they were under threat, which they said they had reported to law enforcement.
“Trump was checking to see if I was safe after seeing / hearing about the threats and docking,” Palmer said in a text message to the Detroit Free Press, citing the practice of publicly disclosing someone’s personal information.
Biden crushes Trump in Wayne County by more than 2-1 difference on his way to Michigan win with 153,000 votes, according to unofficial results. His victory turned Trump’s 2016 gains in the industrial Midwest and put the Democrat on track to get the 270 Election College votes needed to win the White House.
Later, the district administrators voted again and certified the results, 4-0. Palmer and Hartmann then signed affidavits on Wednesday, saying they believed the vote should not be certified.
Democrat candidate Jonathan Kinlock said he heard passion – not threats – during Tuesday’s tumultuous meeting, when Zoom’s audience was allowed to speak after a 2-2 draw and before a unanimous vote.
“I’ve heard that people basically show their outrage, but it happens all the time,” Kinlock said. “It was a very important meeting for the city, the county and it affected a lot of people.”
Benson, a Democrat, said an audit would be conducted after the election in Wayne County and any other community with “significant misconduct.”
“Audits are neither intended to address nor be performed in response to false or mythical allegations of ‘irregularities’ that are in fact unfounded,” she said.
There is no evidence of widespread voting fraud in Michigan or any other country. Federal and government officials from both parties have declared the 2020 elections safe and secure. But Trump and his allies spent two weeks making false allegations of fraud and refusing to give in to Biden.
Egert reports from Lansing and Miller from Washington.