Joe Biden’s team says lawmakers have no right to cancel votes in a key state.
The White House meeting, to which President Donald Trump invited Republican legislators from Michigan, is not “propaganda,” and Trump’s campaign headquarters will not be present. White House spokeswoman Kaylie McEnani said this Friday without going into the details of the agenda for the meeting, which will be held on Friday.
“This is not a propaganda meeting. None of the participants of the election campaign (Trump) will attend it. He meets regularly with legislators from all over the country,” McEnani said, answering a question from a journalist about what the president is going to discuss with the leaders of the Senate and the Michigan House of Representatives, which are controlled by the Republican Party.
According to Reuters, Trump will meet with Michigan Republican Majority Leader Mike Shirki and State House Speaker Lee Chatfield at the White House today.
McEnani confirmed that Trump has no intention of admitting defeat and allowing Biden’s team to begin the transit of power, at least until all trials initiated by the president’s team have been completed.
According to McEnani, a mass mail-order vote that has never been organized on such a scale in U.S. history is “particularly vulnerable to fraud.
The president’s spokeswoman also said she knows nothing about the administration “instructing officials not to contact or communicate with members of Biden’s transition team.
“I’ve never been instructed about this, I’ve never heard of it,” McEnani said.
According to a Trump campaign source told Reuters, the incumbent president is now trying to delay the official certification of multistate elections by all means – usually, a routine procedure whereby state authorities confirm the winner’s name.
On Tuesday, two Michigan Republicans on the Wayne County election certification committee refused to confirm the vote. In a county that includes Detroit, Biden outpaced Trump by a large margin. The Republicans said they were confused by some inaccuracies in the counting of ballots.
After a heated discussion that lasted several hours, the Republicans changed their minds. Late Wednesday night, however, both members of the commission testified in writing, saying that they wanted to recall their signatures and spoke about the numerous threats that had been made against them.
The Republican woman, Monica Palmer, said in her affidavit that the Wayne County election was “with serious procedural flaws that deserve investigation. She explained that she had voted to approve the results because she expected the state to conduct an additional audit.
Palmer told Reuters Thursday’s interview that Trump called her on Tuesday night, right after she voted to approve the election results. Palmer gave no details of the conversation with the President, saying only that she had not discussed with Trump the possibility of giving a written statement.
As Reuters explains, postponing or blocking official state certification of election results could theoretically allow local legislators to appoint Trump-loyal electors themselves. This can happen even in states where Joe Biden won.
“Everybody should remember the central role of state legislatures in presidential elections,” former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, an old associate of Trump, wrote on Twitter on Saturday. In his opinion, in the case of controversial situations, the names of electors should be called “the legislative assembly, not the secretary, the governor or the court”.
Trump’s team also pursues a similar strategy in Pennsylvania. If the Republicans manage to implement this idea and achieve the transfer of power to local legislators, even in this case, the majority of voters will remain with Biden. To do that, Trump’s team would have to suspend or cancel the election results in at least one other state. Only in this case, the incumbent president can theoretically win the vote in the College of electors – this will happen if the electors appointed by the republican legislators will support Trump despite the results of the voting in their states.
However, as Biden’s Campaign Legal Advisor said on Tuesday, Michigan lawmakers cannot cancel the results of elections in the key state, the victory in which largely guaranteed the victory of the elected president.
“No state legislature in our country’s history has ever done what Donald Trump seems to be asking the state legislature of Michigan… is to ignore the results of the popular vote,” lawyer Bob Bauer said. “It’s impossible.
Experts agree that the strategy chosen by Trump’s lawyers is very controversial and can be easily challenged and blocked by other branches of government. After Biden’s victory in Georgia was announced by the republican authorities of this state, Trump’s chances of victory are minimized.