Nov. 21 (UPI) — Republican lawmakers from Michigan mentioned they’ve not seen any proof that might change the end result of the state’s election hours after they met with President Donald Trump on the White Home.
State Senate Republican chief Mike Shirkey and state Home Speaker Lee Chatfield mentioned they used the assembly to ask Trump for extra funds to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
They have been a part of a crew of representatives met with Trump for two hours Friday, purportedly for a routine assembly, in line with White Home press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
A Michigan Republican chief informed NBC Information that Shirkey and Chatfield anticipated Trump to strain them to intervene within the election in his favor.
“This isn’t an advocacy assembly,” McEnany mentioned Friday. “There shall be nobody from the marketing campaign there. [The president] routinely meets with lawmakers from throughout the nation.”
After the assembly, Shirkey and Chatfield issued a press release clarifying that they spoke with Trump concerning the COVID-19 funding. However in addition they addressed Trump’s problem to the state’s elections course of.
They mentioned they place confidence in congressional committee critiques of the election.
“We’ve got not but been made conscious of any data that might change the end result of the election in Michigan and as legislative leaders, we are going to comply with the legislation and comply with the conventional course of concerning Michigan’s electors, simply as we’ve got mentioned all through this election,” the assertion mentioned.
“Michigan’s certification course of needs to be a deliberate course of free from threats and intimidation. Allegations of fraudulent habits needs to be taken severely, completely investigated, and if show, prosecuted to the complete lengthen of the legislation.”
Early Saturday, Trump repeated his unfounded allegation of “huge fraud” in Michigan.
On Thursday, the Trump marketing campaign dropped a lawsuit searching for to halt the certification of election ends in Wayne County, which incorporates Detroit.
Trump legal professional Rudy Giuliani introduced the transfer after two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers signed affidavits stating they wished to rescind their votes to certify the outcomes.
“This morning we’re withdrawing our lawsuit in Michigan as a direct results of reaching the reduction we sought: to cease the election in Wayne County from being prematurely licensed earlier than residents might be assured that each authorized vote has been counted and each unlawful vote has not been counted,” Giuliani mentioned in a press release.
Canvassing board members Monica Palmer and William Hartmann initially voted to not certify Wayne County’s outcomes, voicing issues about unproven “irregularities,” and deadlocked the board vote in a 2-2 tie.
After widespread criticism that they have been trying to disenfranchise the county’s Black voters, Hartmann and Palmer switched their votes to substantiate the outcomes. They later signed affidavits saying these votes have been made beneath strain and sought to rescind them.
Palmer informed NBC Information that President Donald Trump referred to as her and Hartmann the day earlier than they sought to rescind their votes, however that did not affect their request.