The lawsuit was aimed at halting any efforts by the Trump and presidential campaigns to force government officials to cancel their ballots or appoint voters who do not represent the results of their country’s election. He cites numerous efforts to cast doubt on the election, from Trump’s personal tweets to Friday’s meeting at the White House between Republican lawmakers and Trump.
The plaintiffs included three black Detroit residents – Teasha K. Jones, Nicole L. Hill and Maureen Taylor – who voted in this year’s election, as well as the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. The applicants are represented by lawyers from the NAACP Legal Protection Fund.
Democrat President-elect Joe Biden won Michigan with about 150,000 votes, as did a handful of other critical states that won him a majority in the Electoral College. Biden’s lead was particularly noticeable in Wayne County, where he overtook Trump by more than 332,000 votes.
Trump’s legal team has launched a series of legal challenges and publicly declared mass fraud in an attempt to delegitimize the election results. Trump’s campaign lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told a news conference Thursday that “this will change the outcome of the Michigan election if you remove Wayne County.”
The legal challenges of Trump’s campaign in a number of key swing states have been dismissed by judges as useless. Trump’s campaign overturned its own lawsuit Thursday, challenging the results of the Michigan election.
Their lawsuit cited two Wayne County officials who refused to certify Tuesday night’s election. But officials eventually verified the election just hours later.
Detroit lawyers have asked a judge to withdraw the campaign’s claims in his withdrawn lawsuit as a sanction for spreading misinformation, Reuters reported on Friday.
Trump hosted Republican members of the Michigan legislature at the White House on Friday at an opaque meeting that appears to be the latest attempt to swing the state in his favor.
Trump’s allies recently introduced a controversial method to get state lawmakers to appoint friendly voters. But after meeting in the White House, Michigan Senate Majority Member Mike Shirkey and Parliament Speaker Lee Chatfield said they had “not yet been informed of information that would change the outcome of the Michigan election.”