- After a meeting with President Donald Trump in the White House on Friday, Republican lawmakers from Michigan said they “have not yet been made aware of any information that could change the outcome of the Michigan election.”
- Lawmakers released a joint statement after the meeting, saying they used the time to tell the president that Michigan needs federal help to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
- They also said Michigan’s ballots would go to the candidate who received the most votes, confirming that President-elect Joe Biden would win the state.
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After a meeting with President Donald Trump in the White House on Friday, Republican lawmakers from Michigan said they “have not yet been made aware of any information that could change the outcome of the Michigan election.”
Trump invited Michigan State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield to Washington as part of his attempt to undermine the will of voters and overthrow the results of the 2020 election.
Lawmakers released a joint statement after the meeting, saying they spent their time with Trump telling President Michigan that he needs federal help to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. They said they were delivering a letter to the president and congressional leaders requesting that more federal funds be made available.
In addition to saying they have no information that could change the election result, the statement said “we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan voters.”
The president and his allies have reportedly tried to stop or slow down the certification of results in the battlefield states in an attempt to get lawmakers to nominate pro-Trump voters who would simply cast their votes for Trump as opposed to the state’s popular vote.
“Michigan’s certification process must be a deliberate process free of threats and intimidation,” the statement said. “And the candidates who win the most votes win elections and Michigan’s electoral votes.”
Trump received swift criticism for his invitation to Michigan GOP lawmakers.
Senator Mitt Romney of Utah said the president “had now openly pressured state and local officials to undermine the will of the American people.”
In their request for more federal COVID-19 assistance, Shirkey and Chatfield reminded Trump how funds distributed earlier this year through the CARES Act were used to “support frontline workers, improve testing, ensure adequate PPE, provide additional support” to outside-work Michiganders and provide assistance to local businesses struggling through no fault of their own. “
“We are once again facing a time in our state where further support will go a long way.”
The federal government has not adopted additional coronavirus assistance since the spring, while COVID-19 fluctuates nationwide as U.S. braces for the winter and officials introduce new lockdown measures to control the spread.