Camp Trump said at the Michigan election trial next week; lawmakers say no

Dave Boucher

| Detroit Free Press


In a nationwide press release, President Donald Trump’s campaign announced that there will be legislative hearings next week in Michigan and other states in the country to examine the results of the 2020 elections.

The problem: Michigan lawmakers say there is no election hearing next week.

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Attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis Trump said in a press release on Tuesday that the legislative session is scheduled for Tuesday. They repeated the deceptive and inaccurate statements to argue that meetings are a necessary way to examine what is called evidence of fraud and electoral irregularities.

Neither the Trump campaign nor anyone else presented evidence of widespread fraud or misconduct in Michigan or any other state.

Representatives of the State House and Senate leadership confirmed on Wednesday that there will be no hearing on the election next week.

“The Senate Oversight Committee will resume its hearing schedule after Thanksgiving. The president has no plans for the Trump campaign to attend these hearings,” said Amber McCann, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader R-Clarklake.

Gideon D’Assandro, spokesman for R-Levering House Speaker Lee Chatfield, reiterated these remarks.

“The housing inspection committee will not meet next week. The president’s legal team has been asked to submit a written statement,” D’Assandro said.

Inaccurate information about the Trump campaign at the Michigan Legislative Hearing comes a few days after Chatfield, Shirkey and other lawmakers met with the President in the White House. While some have speculated that the president will try to persuade lawmakers to interfere in Michigan’s electoral process, Chatfield and Shirkey have also denied making such a request.

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On Monday, the Michigan State Board Canvassers confirmed the state election results, which showed that elected president Joe Biden received roughly 154,000 more votes than Trump in the state. In recognition of this certification, Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James formally accepted U.S. Senate Gary Peters on Tuesday. James lost roughly 94,000 votes against Peters, which is less than how much Trump is following Biden.

All of this has not prevented the president and some of his legal teams from signaling problems, and the election is not over yet.

“We are pleased that the legislators of Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan are convening hearings to examine the November 3 presidential election,” Ellis said in a press release.

“There have been serious irregularities, we have evidence of fraud in many states, and it is important for all Americans to believe in our election process.”

Giuliani went further during his release, arguing that there was “evidence of illegality” that needed to be examined. He and partners in Trump’s legal team did not present this evidence in the courts of the country. This is one of the reasons why the campaign has failed in virtually any lawsuit in Michigan or elsewhere.

It looks like a trial could take place in Pennsylvania as early as Wednesday. Axios and others report that Trump plans to go to the meeting with Giuliani; the hearing will not change the outcome of the election in the state that Biden won.

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After election day, the Michigan Senate and House leaders announced that the Legislative Oversight Committees would work together to review the election process. Democrats have argued that the hearings lead to conspiracy theories that point to widespread fraud, which exacerbates Trump’s efforts to undermine election results. Republicans say it is necessary to raise any issues that undermine confidence in the electoral process.

These committees have already circulated a subpoena to the Michigan Secretary of State requesting documents related to the conduct of the elections. While the secretary’s office said they thought the investigation was unnecessary, the office has so far provided more than 1,100 pages. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has also promised to conduct a performance audit in Wayne County after the election.

Since 2018, House and Senate election committees have met at least 30 times, according to legal records. During many of these hearings, local officials asked lawmakers to give them more time to process and count the votes of those absent.

After an election where the time needed to count the votes of those absent from Detroit allowed misinformation to spread, lawmakers seem more open to giving clerks more time.

Chatfield told Politico this week that the state had “mismanaged” the absentee voting rules this year and should have allowed for earlier processing. In February, Shirkey said he was “very opposed” to early counting and processing of votes, and told the Associated Press, “If I had to choose between early voting, early voting, or late announcement, I would be reporting late all day.”

However, in a statement on Wednesday, McCann indicated he was open to improvements.

“The majority leader has an interest in improving the process and security of missing ballot papers and electoral processes. He looks forward to further work by the oversight committee and expects this process to make proposals for policy change,” McCann said.

At a joint hearing of Senate and House oversight committees last week, lawmakers heard the same from officials in Kent and Ingham counties. While county officials do not manage the day-to-day running of the election, Republican Prime Minister Lisa Posthumus Lyons and Barb Byrum, Ingham County official, Democrat, all say legislative changes are needed to help prevent the disruption. and ensure confidence before the next election.

One of the changes requested by many administrators is more time to count and process the votes of those absent before election day. The current Michigan law has only allowed the state’s largest cities to prepare to count votes one day before the election – but not really.

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Given the attack on missing ballots due to the COVID-19 epidemic, and essentially no restrictions on who can request these ballots, the numbers have risen in the fall. The majority of the roughly 5.5 million votes cast in the general election came by abstention.

Benson and others warned that numbers and the law would mean that the end results would definitely be delayed. He and others pointed to the regulation of various states, including those Republican-controlled legislatures such as Florida, where administrators can count and process missing votes before election day.

Contact Dave Boucher at [email protected] or 313-938-4591. Follow him on Twitter @Dave_Boucher1.