Michigan GOP leaders indicate Legislature will not select electoral votes

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After a White House meeting with President Trump, top GOP lawmakers in Michigan asserted that the winner of the election will only be determined by who received the most votes.

Trump met with Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, and other state legislators on Friday in a gathering that was highly scrutinized amid the backdrop of the Trump campaign’s legal challenges in the state. After the meeting, the lawmakers indicated that they do not seek to play a role in handing Trump electors, despite speculation among some in the Left.

“The candidates who win the most votes win elections and Michigan’s electoral votes,” Chatfield and Shirkey said in a joint statement following the 4 p.m. meeting. “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, just as we have said throughout this election.”

A source with close knowledge of the Friday huddle told the Washington Examiner that going into the meeting, the main point that the lawmakers wanted to discuss was COVID-19 relief but said that, if asked, they planned to tell Trump it wasn’t possible for them to intervene in the state’s electoral process.

“Assuming the president asked about the electors issue … they were going to inform him that it’s not possible in Michigan for that to be done,” the source said shortly after the meeting.

Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell made waves on Thursday night, when she raised the prospect of having Republican-controlled legislatures pick electors who support the president.

“The entire election, frankly, in all the swing states should be overturned, and the legislatures should make sure that the electors are selected for Trump,” she said on Fox News.

Nevertheless, Chatfield and Shirkey suggested Trump’s allegations of fraud should be investigated. “Allegations of fraudulent behavior should be taken seriously, thoroughly investigated, and if proven, prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” they wrote.

They also noted that the Legislature’s oversight committees are “actively engaged in a thorough review” of Michigan’s elections process.

“The Constitution does not permit the state legislature to do what Donald Trump wants the Michigan state Legislature to do,” President-elect Joe Biden’s attorney and senior adviser Bob Bauer said Friday. “The Legislature has already prescribed the manner in which the electors in 2020 were to be chosen, and that is through the popular vote.”

Biden leads Trump 50.6% to 47.8% in the Wolverine State, a margin of more than 155,000 votes.

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