No information to change poll outcome, say Michigan Republican lawmakers
WASHINGTON (US) – State legislative leaders belonging to the Republican Party in Michigan after their meeting with President Donald Trump said they had no information that would alter the outcome of the presidential election in the state, adding they would adhere to “normal” electoral process.
Michigan is one of several states where the incumbent is looking at ways to challenge Democrat Joe Biden’s win in the November 3 election, citing claims of voter fraud.
“We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors,” Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House of Representatives Speaker Lee Chatfield said in a statement issued jointly.
They stressed that allegation of election fraud has to be probed thoroughly. “Michigan’s certification process should be a deliberate process free from threats and intimidation,” they said.
After suffering a series of setbacks in courts, the Trump campaign is pegging hopes on getting the legislatures controlled by Republicans in battleground states to put aside the results and declare Trump the winner.
Before Trump met the duo from Michigan on Friday, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said: “This is not an advocacy meeting. There will be no one from the campaign there. He routinely meets with lawmakers from all across the country.”
Both lawmakers requested more funds for the state to tackle the spread of the pandemic.
“We used our time in the White House to deliver a letter to President Trump making clear our support for additional federal funds to help Michigan in the fight against COVID-19,” they said.