The White House meeting, to which President Donald Trump invited Republican lawmakers from Michigan, is not “propaganda” and will not be attended by representatives of Trump’s campaign staff. This was announced on Friday by the press secretary of the White House, Kaylee McEnani, without going into the details of the agenda of the meeting, which will be held on Friday.
“This is not a propaganda meeting. None of the (Trump) campaigners will be there. He meets regularly with legislators from across the country, ”McEnani said when asked by a reporter about what exactly the president is going to discuss with the leaders of the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives, which are controlled by the Republican Party.
Trump will meet with Republican Majority Leader in Michigan Senate Mike Shirky and Speaker of the State House of Representatives Lee Chatfield today, according to Reuters.
McEnani confirmed that Trump is not yet going to admit defeat and allow Biden’s team to begin the transition of power – at least until all the trials initiated by the president’s team are completed.
“As you know, 74 million Americans voted for the president … And there are quite real statements – the (Trump) campaign has 234 pages of affidavit, which is publicly available in only one County of Wayne (Michigan). Two (Wayne County) election officials declined to certify (counting results). These are real statements, these people deserve to be heard, ”Makanani said.
Macanani said massive mail-order voting, which has never been organized on such a scale in US history, is “particularly vulnerable to fraud.”
A presidential spokeswoman also said she was unaware of administration officials “instructing officials not to contact or communicate with members of Biden’s transition team.”
“I was never instructed on this, I have never heard of it,” said Makenani.
Trump’s campaign source told Reuters that the incumbent is now trying to postpone the official certification of the results of elections at the multi-state level by all means – usually a routine procedure by which state authorities confirm the name of the winner.
On Tuesday, two Republicans serving on the certifying commission in Wayne County, Michigan, declined to confirm the vote. In the county that includes Detroit, Biden outpaced Trump by a large margin. Republicans said they were embarrassed by some inaccuracies in ballot counting.
After a heated discussion that lasted several hours, the Republicans changed their minds. However, late Wednesday night, both members of the commission gave written testimony, stating that they wanted to withdraw their signatures and told about the numerous threats received against them.
Republican Monica Palmer said in a sworn affidavit that the Wayne County elections were held “with serious procedural deficiencies that deserve investigation.” She explained that she voted to approve the results because she expected the state to conduct additional audits.
Palmer told Reuters on Thursday that Trump called her on Tuesday night, just after she voted to approve the election results. Palmer did not give details of the conversation with President Palmer, saying only that she did not discuss with Trump the possibility of giving an affidavit.
Delaying or blocking official certification of election results in the state could theoretically allow local lawmakers to independently appoint electorate loyal to Trump, Reuters explains. This can even happen in those states where Joe Biden won.
As a rule, the results of elections are certified by the secretary or governor of the state. Local legislators are usually not involved in this process. However, the Trump team cites language in the US Constitution that states that each state must appoint electors according to “the direction of its legislature.”
“Everyone should bear in mind the central role of state legislatures in the presidential election,” former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a longtime Trump associate, tweeted Saturday. In his opinion, in case of controversial situations, the names of the electors should be called “by the legislative assembly, and not by the secretary, governor or court.”
The Trump team is pursuing a similar strategy in Pennsylvania. If the Republicans manage to implement this idea and achieve a transfer of powers to local legislators, then even then, the majority of the electoral votes will remain with Biden. To do this, the Trump team will need to suspend or cancel election results in at least one more state. Only in this case, the incumbent president can theoretically win the election in the Electoral College – this will happen if the electors appointed by Republican legislators support Trump despite the voting results in their states.
However, Michigan lawmakers cannot overturn election results in a key state, a victory in which largely guaranteed victory for the president-elect, Biden’s campaign lawyer said on Tuesday.
“No state legislature in our country’s history has ever done what Donald Trump appears to be asking the Michigan legislature to do … that is, to ignore the popular vote,” lawyer Bob Bauer said.
Experts agree that the strategy chosen by Trump’s lawyers is highly controversial and can easily be challenged and blocked by other branches of government. After the Republican authorities of this state announced the victory of Biden in Georgia, Trump’s chances of winning are minimized.